Step aside, boys and girls. MalPro works in the land of black gold. I'm gonna give you insight into the poverty-stricken world of the Ontario Crown system.
How do you get in?
Article there. Honestly, that's the best way to get in - virtually all the Crowns I know got in this way.
Second way - per diem (what Hegdis calls ad hoc). You get on a per diem contract, you work when they need you, up to 30 days per quarter. The pay is shitty but you might get a short contract if you impress people.
Third - make friends with judges, Crown Attorneys, or Deputy Crowns, or have a relative that works there and can secure you a contract.
Fourth - work for a Federal Crown Agency in a smaller community. They're firms, so they don't generally have the same financial constraints.
How much litigation?
The Ontario Crown Attorneys Association limits us to 4 days out of 5 (with the occasional weekend bail court). Realistically, you probably do court 4-5 days per week when you start out. You'll be kept out of court more if you're assigned to a Superior Court case or something big like that.
Do I feel good about it...?
Even the rapists and people who kill other people I don't exactly feel "good" about it when they go to jail. Do I often think I'm doing the work of the righteous? Yes, but that doesn't mean that I feel good about it. When you see a convicted person's wife weeping in the courtroom, or you see a letter written to the judge by their young child asking that their daddy not go away, it doesn't exactly feel awesome.
The vast majority of our cases are minor offences committed by accuseds with mental health concerns or addictions. But you can't just allow a crack user to run into Zehrs and stuff his pants full of havarti bricks and run away unpunished (a real guilty plea of mine); you can't let a decent person with no record go free when he's blown 160 and driven his car into a fence. So no, you're not going to mostly prosecute the really bad guys. You - as MalPro said - are going to prosecute people who make mistakes, and you're probably going to feel a lot of sympathy and compassion for them.
A lot more than I'm supposed to. But I like to read caselaw and I like doing written submissions, so I'm a bit of a weirdo that way.
What are those? I'm a contract Crown, so none.
I don't know. It's a tough, grinding job - I've described it as the McDonalds of lawyering, because it's generally about quick turnaround with little paperwork and prep (mostly). There's a real culture of being tough, and a huge problem with alcoholism and depression (at least, according to some stats I saw from the Ministry's health insurer). It can also be an awfully sexist workplace (take a look at how many female Crowns or Directors are in Ontario, then compare those stats to the non-criminal lawyers in government). But if you love the work, it's worth it, IMHO.
You advance by becoming a manager or a judge. That's about it.