Hearings Officer

November 22 2021
Industries Legal
Categories Administrative, Public, Regulatory, Govt., Legal, Paralegal, Legal, Paralegal
Toronto, ON
Do you have mediation and negotiation skills? Consider applying to this challenging role with the Ministry of the Attorney General, where you will conduct quasi-judicial hearings to assess and adjudicate solicitor's accounts, party and party costs results from court orders or civil litigation and family law cases.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:
• Confirm statutory authority for the adjudication/assessment of lawyer's account including compliance with regulated notice period
• Conduct hearings by reviewing and analyzing testimony provided by witnesses at hearing, weighing evidence including expert reports, applying rules of evidence and procedure
• Render oral and written decisions with reasons for the amounts allowed
• Conduct hearings to determine costs between parties resulting from judicial court orders
• Provide information and direction as to hearing practices and procedures, attendance, production of documents, and the identification of issues to be dealt with
• Mediate disputes at the option of the parties during the pre-hearing

How do I qualify?

Technical Knowledge and Skills:

• You have the ability to acquire knowledge of common law and statutory law, law of evidence, rules of civil procedure and evidence pertaining to procedural and substantive matters
• You have the ability to interpret and apply relevant legislation to conduct hearings and make determinations relating to cost disputes resulting from court orders or statutes
• You have the ability to acquire knowledge of the Justice administration in Ontario such as the court structures and court operations, including the operations of the legal and judicial systems, and procedures of the courts

Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Negotiation Skills:

• You have persuasion skills to maintain order and provide direction to the parties in pre-hearing meetings on hearing practices and procedures, attendance, production of documents, and the identification of issues
• You have demonstrated conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation skills to assist parties and mediate the settlement of disputes in an adversarial and sometimes emotionally charged environment

Communication Skills:

• You have demonstrated oral and written communication skills to prepare an deliver oral and written decisions

Analytical and Problem Solving Skills:

• You have analytical and problem solving skills to review, analyze and evaluate complex assessment disputes and claims
• You can assess the credibility of witnesses and reliability of evidence, research and adjudicate factual and legal issues
• You can develop and deliver reasoned decisions and orders based on interpretation of legislation, application of precedents, nature of evidence, testimony and arguments
• You can conduct hearings and lead mediation sessions between the parties and to draw forth evidence, identify and develop settlement options

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 theOPS 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.

OPS COVID-19 Safe Workplace Directive

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

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