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    Legal Aid: Staff Lawyers vs Certificates

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/i-think-people-are-suffering-provincial-court-judge-calls-out-legal-aid-ceo-over-saskatoon-cuts-1.4757941 Saskatchewan Legal Aid is suffering. They brought in Craig Goebel from BC who is notorious for gutting BC Legal Aid, or so I hear. Right now the Saskatoon Legal Aid office is the only one being targeted, but who knows what's in store. From speaking to Legal Aid staff lawyers, there is definitely some concern that the long term plan is to go the certificate route. Saskatchewan Legal Aid is generally a good organization, and the staff lawyers do a good job. There are still lots of "farmouts" to private bar lawyers, so it's not as if it's all staff lawyers.
  2. It seems that most provinces have a certificate model, where files are given to private lawyers, and any staff lawyers are duty Counsel only. Is there a reason that this is so? Wouldn't it be cheaper for Legal Aid to have its own lawyers handle files all the way to trial?
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    Getting a Crown Position after Articling

    I don't think it has any value. Keep in mind that Crown offices can only hire when they have a vacancy, and when that happens they advertise. There may be some value in networking generally with the regional/district crowns at smaller offices though.
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    Getting a Crown Position after Articling

    If you are flexible in where you will relocate to, there are definitely Crown offices that will hire a fresh call. I know because I was hired right after being called by a Crown office. I am not sure if this is a possibility for offices in bigger cities, but there are definitely multiple offices in my jurisdiction that would hire fresh calls. Normally, these are northern and more remote offices that have issues with retention. While it can be daunting to move to a more remote office, the experience you gain is invaluable, and will expedite your growth as a prosecutor.
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    Working as a Crown in different Provinces

    Thanks for your response, that's very helpful.
  6. I'm wondering if there are Crown Prosecutors/Attorneys here in different provinces and can answer some questions about Crown life. How much discretion do you have as a Crown? Under what situations would you need to discuss files with supervisors for something like entering a stay? This may apply to larger centers more, but what do you need to do to get 'good files'? Is being good at your job enough or are there a lot of politics involved as well? Is your office collegial? Are people friends with each other? Do Crowns specialize in particular areas or is everyone a generalist? Again, this may apply more to larger Crown offices. This applies to junior Crowns, but what is your Province's practice with respect to offering Crowns a permanent position? Are permanent positions offered right away or does it take a while to get one? After getting a permanent position, is your job secure? For those who have moved to a difference Province as a Crown, how was your experience moving? Is it easy to change Provinces as a Crown? Can the police get you into trouble if they disagree with something you did? Is it common for police to complain about Crown decisions on more serious files? Thanks. I would appreciate any thoughts you guys may have.
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