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Crown Counsel

November 12 2021
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Civil law, Family, Human rights, Wills, Trust, Estates
Hamilton, ON

The Ministry of the Attorney General, Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT), requires an experienced and accomplished lawyer with the demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, and manage a high-volume and diverse practice, in the OPGT's Hamilton Region Office.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Duties will include:

• Managing a high-volume legal practice providing legal advice to OPGT internal clients, including regular contact with members of the Client Services teams and contact with the OPGT's incapable clients.

• Attending court, drafting pleadings and other documents, and providing in-house legal advice on a wide range of areas of law, including real estate, trusts, estates, family, landlord – tenant, civil litigation and guardianship/mental health matters.

Location: Hamilton

How do I qualify?


• Membership in good standing as a lawyer with the Law Society of Ontario

Knowledge and Skills

• Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, relevant legislation, including the Rules of Civil Procedure, Substitute Decisions Act (1992), Health Care Consent Act, Mental Health Act, Family Law Act, Powers of Attorney Act, Succession Law Reform Act, and Estates Act

• Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, relevant areas of law, including real estate, estates and trusts, landlord/tenant, debtor/creditor, family, personal injury and social assistance

• Ability to work to strict deadlines

• Ability to work effectively with other counsel

• Ability to empathize and work with elderly, disabled and mentally ill persons and their families

• Ability to work well on a team

• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and competing demands, in a diverse range of areas of practice

• Demonstrated ability to work independently

• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

• Demonstrated litigation experience

• Ability and willingness to travel

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful, and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy  and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint  pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code . Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Salary: Commensurate With Legal Experience

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with possible extension), 119 King St W, Hamilton, West Region, Vulnerable Sector Check


  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

  • Your application sent via method one must be sent as an attachment in either MS Word (.doc, .docx), PDF (.pdf), Rich Text (.rtf) or Plain Text (.txt) format, less than 2MB in size and must not be password protected.
  • Effective October 1, 2021, the OPS COVID-19 Safe Workplace Directive requires all Ontario Public Service employees to provide proof they are fully vaccinated, meaning they are fully vaccinated as defined by the Ministry of Health (refer to: COVID-19 Fully Vaccinated Status in Ontario), including 14 calendar days have passed since receiving their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Employees who do not provide proof of full vaccination will be deemed 'not vaccinated' under the Directive and will be required to attend a vaccine education program and undergo regular rapid antigen testing. Employees who are not vaccinated under the policy with a valid medical exemption will not be required to attend a vaccine education program but must undergo regular rapid antigen testing.

For full position details, visit Please apply by Friday, November 26, 2021, quoting Job ID 172284, to: Legal Recruitment Coordinator, Ministry of the Attorney General. E-mail: Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario's Human Rights Code. network