J.P. Bail Duty Counsel

Full Time, Permanent (FTE)

Edmonton or Calgary, AB

About Legal Aid Alberta

Legal Aid Alberta is a Centre of Excellence that helps vulnerable Albertans across the province at some of the most difficult times in their lives. Through professional, effective and accessible services that support better outcomes for our clients, we make a difference in the lives of Albertans and deliver value that extends beyond those who receive our services.

Legal Aid Alberta is seeking to fill full time JP BAIL DUTY COUNSEL roles in our downtown Edmonton and Calgary offices.  This position will appeal to an individual that likes to take initiative, is client focused and is exceptionally strong in delivering high-quality results.

Job Description

Reporting to the TEAM LEAD, some of the key responsibilities of the JP BAIL DUTY COUNSEL are to:

  • Duty Counsel representation to professional standards and in accordance with the Rules and Code of Conduct of the Law Society of Alberta and the Rules of LAA.
  • Negotiate release conditions and/or resolution with Crown counsel for persons in custody.
  • Review information related to bail and provide legal advice to client regarding their bail hearing.
  • Negotiate competent resolutions of files in docket court to achieve early, cost effective and lasting outcomes for clients.
  • Complete and accurate statistical record keeping.
  • Compliance with office policy and procedures.
  • Participate in performance and staff meetings as required.

Qualifications

Education and/or Experience:

  • Law degree from a recognized law school.
  • Active member of the Law Society of Alberta.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in criminal practice is preferred.

Knowledge:

  • Rules of Court and criminal law legislation.
  • Excellent understanding of court and tribunal processes, with working knowledge of regional variances.
  • Excellent understanding of police and arrest procedures, with working knowledge of regional variances.
  • Excellent understanding of bail hearing procedures.
  • Legal research, writing and drafting, legal analysis, preparation of court documents, application of law to relevant facts.
  • Advocacy, problem solving and conflict resolution.
    • A high level of comfort working with technology and a keen enthusiasm for learning new systems  including, computer literacy in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, CRM), web-based legal research tools, and other web-based resources.

Skills:

    • Demonstrated time management and the ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
    • Ability to manage work in high pressure and high conflict situations.
    • Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, consider alternative solutions, analyze risk and advise clients and/or LAA on the appropriate course of action.
    • Ability to build rapport and negotiate effectively with Crown Counsel.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively when working with complex clients.

Why work for Legal Aid Alberta?

If you got excited at the prospect of being a part of our team when you reviewed this posting and you meet the minimum qualifications, please forward your resume to careers@legalaid.ab.ca referencing posting number LAA-19-45.

This posting will remain open until positions are filled.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.