Crown Counsel level 2
There are currently two temporary opportunities available until approximately March 2023. These temporary opportunities are not limited to the geographic area. Board and lodging and relocation expenses do not apply.These temporary opportunities will either be a Crown Counsel level 2 or level 3. Please refer to to apply for Crown Counsel Level 3.
These positions are included in the Crown Counsel Association. Membership in the Association is mandatory and is not considered ‘excluded’ although excluded from BCGEU membership.
These positions are located in Vancouver, B.C., but has conduct of cases throughout the Province. Travel is a requirement. Transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of the ministry.
An eligibility list may be established for similar vacancies in the Organized and Major Crime Section in Vancouver.
A great opportunity to take the next step in your career
Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions (CASP) has two temporary Crown Counsel positions available in the Organized and Major Crime Section. As a member of the Organized and Major Crime Section, you will have conduct of predominantly organized crime and gang related prosecutions.
CASP is a division of the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS). The BCPS contributes to the protection of society by preparing for and conducting prosecutions diligently and fairly, and by striving to develop the most effective methods to administer justice in the Province. The BCPS prosecutes offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and provincial statutes in the Provincial, Supreme and Appeal Courts of British Columbia and in the Supreme Court of Canada. The BCPS provides legal advice to government and police on criminal law matters, and develops policies and procedures on issues relating to the prosecution of criminal justice. The Assistant Deputy Attorney General is responsible for the administration of the BCPS, which is divided into the Office of the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions and five regions which are headed by a Regional Crown Counsel.
CASP is responsible for the following areas of practice:
(1) all indictable criminal appeals undertaken to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada, [Criminal Appeals Section];
(2) prosecutions involving commercial crime, allegations against police and regulatory offences including environmental and workplace injury and fatality related prosecutions [Commercial, Police, & Regulatory Prosecutions Section];
(3) organized and major crime prosecutions;
(4) CASP is also responsible for providing prosecutorial litigation support to other prosecution offices within the BCPS in respect of constitutional challenges that arise in the trial courts [Prosecution Support Unit];
(5) CASP is also responsible for the delivery of legal resources and learning and development opportunities for the BCPS.
(6) CASP is also responsible for French and bilingual prosecutions
CASP’s management recognizes its responsibility to offer diversity in practice and is committed to facilitating the achievement of an enriched working environment. Upon their request and at the discretion of CASP management, the successful candidates may be given opportunities to conduct cases, either as counsel or co-counsel, in all sections of the office, when the operational requirements of CASP allow for it. Efforts will be made by the management group to facilitate access by all counsel to the full range of work available in the office. Assignment to individual cases is dependent on counsel’s level of skill and experience.
From time to time, the successful candidates will also, at the discretion of CASP management be required to conduct cases or provide litigation support with respect to matters falling outside of their assigned section but within the global mandate of the office. Assignments outside the successful candidate’s principal area of responsibility will be made in consultation with the candidate.
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For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact . DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.
NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:
Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws Degree from an accredited common law school.
Membership in good standing in the Law Society of British Columbia or membership in good standing in another Canadian Law Society and immediately eligible to become a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.
Crown Counsel Level 2: Counsel in their 6th to 11th year of call, with a minimum of 5 years’ criminal trial experience as a practicing lawyer in Canada.
Preference may be given to applicants with:
Experience in conducting criminal jury trials.
Experience arguing complex legal and constitutional issues.
Experience conducting charge assessments.
Exceptional written and oral advocacy skills.
IMPORTANT: Where there is a difference between the qualifications reflected in the posting and the Job Profile, those stated on the job posting will be used for screening purposes.
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile.
Enhanced security screening and a Criminal Records Review Act Check (CRRA) will be required. Security Screening and Criminal Record Review Act checks will be conducted periodically and at least every five years.
Cover letter required: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed. Please select ‘SKIP’ on the cover letter screen to continue with your application.
Resume required: YES – Prior to submitting your application for this opportunity, update your resume profile by using the copy and paste function to add your resume. Your resume must provide detailed information about your education and experience including the job related responsibilities and the month(s) and year(s) for your education and for each job in your employment history.
Questionnaire: YES –
As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.
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