An eligibility list may be established.
The Paralegal provides services to the Executive Director, Legal Services and Inquests, BC Coroners Service on large, complex, sensitive and high-profile cases and inquests.
The BC Coroners Service is responsible, under the Coroners Act, for conducting thorough, independent investigations of all factors contributing to the unexpected, unattended or unexplained deaths of persons in BC; and for issuing related recommendations to assist in preventing future deaths and improving community safety and quality of life for all British Columbians. Additional details may be found at: www.gov.bc.ca/coroners/
The successful applicant will provide paralegal services to the Executive Director, Legal Services & Inquests, BC Coroners Service. The Executive Director provides legal advice and services to the Coroners Service regarding a variety of matters, acts as Coroner’s Counsel at inquests and supervises and instructs ad hoc counsel. You will assist the Executive Director in the delivery of legal services as well as coordinating all aspects of inquests including witnesses and courtroom facilities, in a complex, high-profile and timeline-driven environment. There will be frequent exposure to disturbing photos and situations surrounding death.
Inquests are formal court proceedings, with a five-person jury, held to publicly review the circumstances of a death. The jury hears evidence from witnesses under subpoena in order to determine the facts of the death. The presiding coroner is responsible to ensure the jury maintains the goal of fact finding, not fault finding. Upon conclusion, a Verdict at Inquest is prepared. It includes the classification of the death and any recommendations of the jury on how to prevent a similar death.
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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 John.McNamee@gov.bc.ca 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 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 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:
- Secondary school graduation and completion of a recognized Paralegal Certificate or equivalent.
- Five years of experience working in a legal office environment.
- Preference may be given to applicants with experience working in a criminal justice setting or civil litigation setting.
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 located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.
A Criminal Record Check will be required.
Cover letter required: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.
Resume required: YES – A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.
Questionnaire: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.
IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.