City of Thunder Bay

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Solicitor - Prosecutor

Solicitor - Prosecutor

Competition Number 
City Manager's Office
Posting Category 
City Solicitor & Corporate Counsel
Job Type 
Number of Positions 
CA-ON-Thunder Bay
Pay Band 
To be determined
Posted Date 
Post End Date 
Effective Date 
Supersedes Date 

More information about this job

General Information:


As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Thunder Bay encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.


ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE:  It is a contravention of the Human Rights Code of Ontario to discriminate on the basis of: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, age, record of offences, gender identity or gender expression.  Therefore, a resume submitted to the City must not include references to any of the above characteristics.  Do not include: 

  • Photos
  • Any certificates that have photo identification
  • Driver’s licences
  • Police records checks

Note: The above documentation will be requested by the Human Resources & Division should you be the successful applicant.  If a Criminal Record Check is required it will be requested by Human Resources should you be the successful applicant.  Please do not submit your Criminal Record Check with your application.


ACCOMMODATION:  Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for all parts of the recruitment process.


Application forms must reference the competition number and be submitted to Human Resources.


Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY:  Under the direct supervision of the City Solicitor, is accountable for the prosecution of offences under Provincial, some Federal statutes and Municipal by-laws; oversees all administrative and prosecutorial functions related to the prosecution of offences under the Provincial Offences Act (POA) for the Thunder Bay Court Service Area; provides direct supervision to prosecutorial unit staff; prosecutes more serious offences at the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ); provides advice and policy development in the broad range of municipal operations, including building, fire prevention, enforcement of statutes and by-laws; represents the City in Small Claims Court claims; reviews and assists in the drafting of municipal by-laws; and at the request of the City Solicitor, provides sound legal and procedural advice to the City Solicitor, Deputy City Solicitor, and City staff pertaining to a variety of municipal legal matters.



  1. Conducts prosecutions of charges laid under Provincial and Federal statutes, and Municipal By-laws in accordance with accepted prosecutorial practices and standards.
  2. Supervises Unit staff including staff development, performance management/review, attendance management, coaching/mentoring, health and safety, and discipline.
  3. Establishes administrative procedures for the prosecution of offences and the processing of Small Claims Court claims.
  4. Negotiates, selects, and retains external counsel with respect to prosecutions.
  5. Responds to Small Claims Court claims.
  6. Assists in the review of draft municipal by-laws.
  7. Evaluates charges and ensures relevant evidence has been collected.
  8. Determines whether to proceed with prosecution, to withdraw charges or to charge.
  9. Provides sound legal and procedural advice pertaining to all matters of administrative, municipal, planning and development, real estate, litigation, corporate, commercial, in relation to the various legal interests of the City.
  10. Researches and prepares cases for oral and/or written presentation before Provincial Offences courts.
  11. Manages requests for disclosure, makes sentencing recommendations, arranges for witnesses and interpreters.
  12. Responds to inquiries, provides information, and maintains effective and co-operative working relationships with other officials in the justice system, City staff, other municipalities and agencies, ministry officials, enforcement officials and the general public.
  13. Represents the City as respondent or appellant in the higher courts on matters relating to appeals under the Provincial Offences Act.
  14. Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.




  • Post Graduate university degree in law (LL.B/J.D.) and a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO).
  • Minimum five (5) years’ related law experience, including experience in litigation, criminal and/or provincial offences.


  • Knowledge of the Court system as required in the Provincial Offences Act (POA) and Small Claims Court environment
  • Knowledge of various Provincial legislation such as the Highway Traffic Act, Liquor Licence Act, Building Code Act, Trespass to Property Act and Municipal By-Laws
  • Superior analytical, organizational and time management skills and decision making abilities
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with the judiciary, legal profession, police and public
  • Excellent oral, comprehension, negotiation and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to give direction, motivate, and recognize others; proven ability to share skills and knowledge with others
  • Superior ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain and display professional conduct at all times
  • Must be competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health & Safety Act


  • Experience working with the Integrated Court Offences Network/Integrated Justice Program systems (ICON/IJP )
  • Ability to speak, write and read French at an advanced level.


  • Will be required to travel to various work locations and provide own transportation
  • Must be able to travel, via vehicle and/or air, to satellite court locations as required
  • Must take an Oath of Secrecy
  • Must undergo a successful police records check, Type 1