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Court Officers and Justices of the Peace

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NOC:1227
Occupation:Court Officers and Justices of the Peace
Category:Business, Finance, and Administration

About the job

Nature of work:

Court officers coordinate the administrative and procedural functions of federal, provincial and territorial courts, such as scheduling trials and overseeing the maintenance of court records. Justices of the peace administer oaths, issue subpoenas, summonses and warrants and perform other court-related duties such as conducting bail hearings and performing civil marriages. They are employed by federal and provincial courts.

Job duties:
Court officers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Coordinate administrative services and establish work priorities for court staff.
  • Schedule court trials and arrange pre-trial conferences and hearings.
  • Call courts of law to order, read charges and take pleas from defendants.
  • Record court commencement, trial proceedings and judgements.
  • Collect and record sheriff fees, transcription fees and other court administrative and services fees.
  • Oversee the maintenance of judicial court records.
  • Assist in preparing annual budgets.
  • May be justices of the peace.
Justices of the peace perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Issue subpoenas, summonses and warrants, including search warrants.
  • Receive affidavits, declarations and affirmations.
  • Administer oaths.
  • Conduct bail hearings.
  • Release defendants on judges' orders and explain rights and obligations.
  • Hear evidence at trials on summary conviction offences and may preside over trials of criminal offences at the discretion of the chief judge of the jurisdiction or as provided for in federal, provincial or territorial statutes.
  • Perform civil marriages.
Sample job titles:
  • citizenship judge
  • clerk of the court
  • courtroom officer
  • district court registrar
  • family court administrator
  • justice of the peace
  • registrar of deeds
  • small claims court registrar
  • trial co-ordinator
Skills:

For these jobs, good observational and analytical skills are necessary. You must be accurate and able to pay close attention to detail. Honesty and integrity are important. You also need good communication skills and an ability to work well with others.

Job requirements:
  • Court officers usually require a university degree in law, business or public administration or a college diploma in public administration or legal studies.
  • Completion of a justice registrar, justice of the peace or other court training program is required for court officers and justices of the peace.
  • Justices of the peace in the provinces are appointed by the lieutenant governor in council and, in the territories, by federally appointed territorial commissioners.
Other considerations:

Typical of most government jobs, there are no significant seasonal patterns of unemployment in these jobs and people tend to work for the full year. Several years of experience as a court clerk or in another court service occupation are usually required. The duties and responsibilities of justices of the peace vary significantly depending on the level of their authority. They may be employed part-time on a fee-for-service basis in small communities. Their duties range from receiving affidavits and similar documents, to presiding in courts and hearing and determining prosecutions under provincial/territorial and federal laws. Progression to senior positions such as senior court administrator is possible through experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Court Officers and Justices of the Peace most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 70% of Court Officers and Justices of the Peace who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $58,812. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Court Officers and Justices of the Peace205xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $33,609
Median: $53,206
Maximum: $93,686
Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration63,775Moderate growth6,600Low
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $21.03
Maximum: $35.90
Minimum: $6,754
Median: $36,515
Maximum: $70,271
Court Officers and Justices of the PeaceCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
Percent employed full-time91%81%
Percent self-employed1%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentCourt Officers and Justices of the PeaceCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern13%x12%$30,581
Northern21%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton11%x13%$32,974
Halifax49%$48,40847%$41,209
Annapolis Valley6%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeCourt Officers and Justices of the PeaceCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
15-249%x
25-3417%6%
35-4430%19%
45-5439%36%
55-649%28%
65+N/A11%
Median Age5248
GenderCourt Officers and Justices of the PeaceCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
Female87%73%
Male13%27%
EducationCourt Officers and Justices of the PeaceCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school4.3%x4.7%$23,775
High schoolN/A$14,12323.7%$30,074
Trades certificateN/A$16,5785.8%$32,871
College certificate or diploma39.1%$46,42034.4%$33,837
University certificate or diploma8.7%x3.0%$35,053
Bachelor's degree41.3%$35,17322.9%$39,473
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.7%$40,672
Master's degreeN/Ax3.6%$23,407
Doctorate8.7%x0.2%$48,614
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$41,688
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
5523 B Young Street
Halifax, NS B3K 1Z7
Tel: (902) 454-2198
Fax: (902) 455-3105
lisns@legalinfo.org
Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Courts Services Division
P.O Box 7
Halifax, NS B3J 2L6
Tel: (902) 424-4020
Fax: (902) 424-0510
justweb@novascotia.ca

Training Paths & Education

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(902) 597-3737
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online.learning@nscc.ca
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Mount Saint Vincent University
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(902) 457-6117
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