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Employment Opportunity: Crown Attorney (Human Trafficking) – Public Prosecution Service

Competition # : 41457 

Department: Public Prosecution Service

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSCAA

Closing Date: 22-Jan-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service (PPS) was established in 1990 as the first statutorily based independent prosecution service in Canada. The Public Prosecution Service is responsible for all prosecutions and appeals within the jurisdiction of the Attorney General.

With the guiding mission of providing fair and equal treatment in the prosecution of offences, the PPS prosecutes charges laid under the Criminal Code and under Nova Scotia statutes such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  The Head Office is in Halifax and there are regional offices located throughout the province.

The core functions of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service are to:

  • Represent the Crown in the conduct of criminal and quasi-criminal trials and appeals before all levels of courts.
  • Participate in the development of criminal law and criminal prosecutions policy.
  • Provide advice to police in respect of prosecutions generally or in respect of specific investigations
  • After a charge is laid by police a Crown Attorney will review the evidence and determine if there is a realistic prospect of conviction
  • The Crown Attorney will also consider the public interest to determine if a charge should proceed even if there is a realistic prospect of conviction

For more information on the Public Prosecution Service please visit the following link: 

About Our Opportunity

The Crown Attorney (Human Trafficking Prosecutions) is responsible to lead the Public Prosecution Service’s response to human trafficking offences by preparing and conducting human trafficking prosecutions in Provincial and Supreme Court and supporting other Crown Attorneys prosecuting these offences to ensure consistency of approach through training and policy initiatives. The Crown Attorney (Human Trafficking Prosecutions) also participates in collaborative work with other justice partners to enhance the criminal justice system response to human trafficking.  This includes developing best practices and policy for such prosecutions. In this role you will collaborate with and train police and other Crown Attorneys regarding such prosecutions.

Qualifications and Experience

As the successful applicant you will have at least six years of prosecutorial experience, this would include significant criminal prosecution experience and experience and interest in human trafficking cases.

You will have:

  • significant experience and/or training in dealing with traumatized individuals is
  • a demonstrated interest in gender-based violence
  • experience interacting effectively with vulnerable witnesses, complex police techniques and challenging factual scenarios
  • significant knowledge of criminal law, evidence and procedure.
  • effective public speaking and teaching skills (including delivering training programs and developing resource material
  • a high degree of collaboration skills and the ability to develop relationships with key stakeholders
  • must be a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (or eligible to become so)

Successful applicants may be required to provide a current Certificate of Standing from their law society, including all jurisdictions of which they are members, whether non-practicing or practicing.

The above qualifications will be assessed using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria.

Additional Information

This is a TERM employment opportunity with anticipated end date of June 2, 2025.

Must have access to reliable transportation as travel throughout the region and across the province is required.

Any fees associated with transferring your license from another Canadian province will be covered for the successful candidate.

What We Offer

The Public Prosecution Service is committed to providing a fulfilling work environment with numerous benefits and opportunities:

  • Secure Your Future: Take advantage of our defined benefits pension plan for a stable retirement.
  • Generous Time Off: Enjoy all national/civic holidays, 18 sick days, and family leave provisions.
  • Employee and Family Support: Access our Employee and Family Assistance Programs for resources and guidance.
  • Support in Times of Need: Receive short- and long-term disability assistance when required.
  • Growth & Development: Open doors to professional growth within the PPS including specialist Cown Attorney opportunities .
  • Lifelong Learning: Continuously expand your knowledge and skills through training and development programs.
  • Professional Advancement: Immerse yourself in the government landscape and discover endless opportunities for learning, advancement, and making a meaningful impact.

Join the Public Prosecution Services and experience the benefits of a fulfilling career, supported by comprehensive perks, career development opportunities, and a diverse range of paths to explore.

Pay Grade:  CA 01 – SCA 10

Salary Range:  $3,185.77 – $5,877.68 Bi-Weekly

Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

This is an Association position initially restricted to current Nova Scotia Crown Attorney employees. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to