Deputy Director in charge of Criminal Appeals
An eligibility list may be established.
Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions (CASP) of the B.C. Prosecution Service (BCPS) is seeking a dynamic leader to fill the role of Deputy Director in charge of Criminal Appeals.
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 Headquarters, 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; (2) prosecutions involving commercial, police and regulatory prosecutions; (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.
The Deputy Director in charge of Criminal Appeals will perform leadership and management functions within CASP. They will be a senior member of the BCPS; a member of CASP’s Regional Management Committee and will report to the Director of the office. The Deputy Director in charge of Criminal Appeals will assume both administrative and legal duties. The Deputy Director may also from time-to-time carry out the functions of Acting Director of CASP and participate on the BC Prosecution Service Management Committee.
The Deputy Director in charge of Criminal Appeals will lead and provide management oversight in relation to pursuant to APP1 policy (Appeals by Crown to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada) responsible for appeals in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court , evaluating incoming Crown appeal requests, and coordination with the Director of CASP of Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) interventions, dealing with alleged wrongful convictions and the Post-Conviction Review Committee, the provision of legal advice in complex matters.
The Deputy Director in charge of Criminal Appeals will be expected to manage their own caseload, provide advice to Crown counsel, within and outside CASP and provide legal advice and support to the BC Prosecution Service Management Committee on those issues arising at all levels of court.
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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 Kaizad.Irani@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, 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 Standard 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:
- Membership in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia or another Canadian law Society with the ability to transfer or qualify in British Columbia
- Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws Degree from an accredited common law school
- Counsel with at least 12 years of criminal law related practice
- 8 years of Crown Counsel experience
- Substantial experience in prosecuting criminal appeals or complex trials raising difficult legal questions
- Preference may be given to applicants with experience appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada
- Preference may be given to applicants with experience in the development and delivery of legal education
- Preference may be given to applicants with experience in effectively leading and/or managing legal counsel and administrative support staff.
Applicants who meet the education and experience requirements (including applied preferences) will be contacted by email inviting them to submit a legal writing sample.
A Criminal Record Review Act Check (CRRA) and Enhanced Security Screening will be required.
Cover Letter: YES – A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.
Questionnaire: YES – You will be required to answer a standard questionnaire.