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Crown Counsel - e-Library

Ministry of the Attorney General
Criminal Law Division
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
4 Temporary (up to 24 months secondment/contract)
Job Code:
OCAA - Crown Counsel
Salary Commensurate With Legal Experience
Posting Status:
Job ID:
ELIGIBILITY FOR THIS COMPETITION IS RESTRICTED TO STEP 1 CANDIDATES INCLUDING OPS ALOC AND OCAA LAWYERS living or working within 125 km of this location. * Note: Eligible lawyers from outside the Area of Search may apply but will not be entitled to relocation or travel expenses for the transfer as set out below.

Step 1: All regular/fixed-term OCAA and ALOC lawyers on staff, current Redeployment List Members and current Articling Student Hireback Pool Members.
Step 2: In the absence of qualified applicants at Step 1 the competition may be reposted so that external applicants or non-members of the above-mentioned groups would then be eligible to apply.

The Criminal Law Division (CLD) is a large geographically dispersed operation with approximately 1900 staff who help protect community and personal safety through prosecution of offences across the province. CLD's vision is to be the foremost prosecution service in Canada, and this vision is supported through the divisional mission, values, and key strategies.

* The e-Library is based out of Crown Law Office – Criminal in Toronto. These positions however do not need to work from this specific location on a full-time basis, and qualified counsel from across the province are encouraged to apply to ensure regional representation and contributions given that e-Library is a divisional resource and tool.

The successful candidates may be able to continue to work from a Criminal Law Division office within their existing geographical area. All e-Library team members, regardless of where their day-to-day work happens, will be required to periodically attend the physical workplace located at 720 Bay Street in Toronto.

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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.

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What can I expect to do in this role?

Duties Will Include:

• Engaging with local Crown offices, regional editors and subject area specialists across the Division with a view to collecting and curating legal research materials for the benefit of Crown counsel across Ontario.
• Reviewing criminal law-related case law and legal materials with a view to summarizing and publishing these materials on e-Library; identifying cases of importance for the purpose of drafting case alerts, newsletters and other communications to be distributed to Crown counsel province-wide; updating e-Library's core legal research materials; and drafting new legal research content.
• Contributing to the technological development and improvement of e-Library as an effective and accessible legal research tool.
• Assisting Crown counsel with complex legal research, including general education and training.

How do I qualify?


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

Knowledge and Skills

• Thorough knowledge of criminal and constitutional law, including statute and case law regarding the prosecution of criminal and quasi-criminal offences at all levels
• Proven research skills including a working knowledge of legal research databases such as e-Library, LexisAdvance Quicklaw, Westlaw Edge Canada, and CanLII
• A strong technological foundation and level of comfort with commonplace computer applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat etc.
• Demonstrated writing skills
• Proven judgment and ability to apply appropriate legal analysis
• Demonstrated organizational skills
• Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills with the ability and willingness to work with teams including the e-library team, local crown and regional offices

Additional Information:

  • 4 English Temporary, duration up to 24 months, 720 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check, Intelligence, Local Police Databases Search, PIP/NICHE/RMS
Compensation Group:
Ontario Crown Attorneys' Association
Legal Services
Posted on:
Friday, September 15, 2023
  • 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), Corporate Talent Programs Branch, Talent and Leadership Division 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.
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, September 29, 2023 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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