This Duty Counsel will be required to provide family and criminal duty counsel services in Welland, St. Catharines, Fort Erie and occasional other off-site locations in Niagara Region. Must have access to transportation as public transportation is not an option.
• Act as Hybrid Family and Criminal Duty Counsel
• Representing clients both in-person and remotely
• Advocate for clients in court and on court forms.
• Ability to provide advice lawyer services at the Family Law Information Centre (FLIC)
• Provide family law services and representation in the Superior Court of Justice as required
• Assist clients with matters involving family law issues against institutional opposing parties such as the Family Responsibility Office and Children’s Aid Societies
• Provide criminal law services as duty counsel in the Ontario Court of Justice
• Providing assistance and representation at federal, provincial, and youth, remand, bail and plea courts, including specialty courts (Drug Treatment Court / Mental Health Court / Gladue Court)
• Providing summary legal advice
• Interviewing clients, sureties, and witnesses
• Disclosure review and Crown pre-trials meetings
• Assisting with various motions and hearings (may include judicial pre-trials and trials)
• Preparing and arguing bail hearings
• Ensure high quality of legal work in a cost effective manner
• File management as per LAO requirements including use of computer technology; data input for statistics measurements in a timely manner
• Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
• Demonstrated experience in providing criminal law services including experience with criminal legal issues and bails hearings, guilty pleas, remands and youth court.
• Sound knowledge of the Criminal Code of Canada, Youth Criminal Justice Act, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, criminal law procedures, rules of evidence and case law
• Knowledge and experience of relevant family law legislation and in particular child protection law
• Experience practicing law as a family lawyer and/or duty counsel including providing advice, Summary Legal Advice Family (SLAF), mediation, settlement conferences, etc.
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment
• Practical understanding of the Rules of Professional Conduct
• Proven interpersonal, communication, presentation and negotiation skills coupled with strong advocacy skills in the Ontario and Superior Court of Justice
• Proven judgment and analytical ability to determine appropriate legal remedies
• Knowledge and appreciation of impact of criminal proceedings on immigration, family and other poverty law issues; and the integrated nature of legal issues faced by LAO clients
• Proven experience in providing excellent client service to vulnerable populations such as racialized communities, First Nations, youth and those experiencing mental health or addiction challenges and/or homelessness
• Ability to work independently and unsupervised in a fast-paced environment while also demonstrating collaboration and teamwork with colleagues and other stakeholders
• Ability to work as a team with other Legal Aid Workers, staff lawyers, and per diem Duty Counsel
• Sound judgment and problem solving skills
• Sound Knowledge of Legal Aid Ontario’s operations and mandate
• Demonstrated ability to use latest communication technologies including tablets and smartphones and ability to utilize video conferencing platforms in order to deliver services virtually.
• Must have intermediate knowledge of the following Microsoft programs; Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience with Divorcemate would be an asset.
• Must have access to transportation
To apply submit a cover letter & résumé.
Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified by email.
This position is represented by the Society of United Professionals and the employee will be governed by the provisions of the collective agreement and union dues will be deducted bi-weekly from date of hire.
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