Sheriff's Officer

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Location: Yellowknife

Department: JUS Sheriff Services

Job Code: 15175

Salary: $72,677 - $86,775

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and aboriginal values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.



Job Information

The Sheriff’s Officer provides security and civil enforcement services for Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Territorial Court and Justice of the Peace Court in accordance with law and judicially accepted practices and procedures. Provides protective services for the judiciary, court staff, members of the public and the jury in the courtroom and while on court circuit. Also provides building security, administers the jury management system, completes seizures, evictions and foreclosure sales, serves documents and trains and guides bailiffs

Holds the following statutory appointments: Deputy Sheriff, Designation as a Peace Officer, and Notary Public;

Ex-officio Deputy Marshal for Federal Court;

Must conduct oneself at all times (including outside office hours) in a manner that will not cause the administration of justice to be or be seen to be in disrepute;

Must at all times ensure that the independence of the judiciary is upheld;

Provides security for Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Territorial Court and Justice of the Peace Court, and the Courthouse Buildings;

There are in excess of 1,000 days of court set per calendar year and courts travel to all communities in the Northwest Territories;

Interprets rules of court and legislation for members of the legal community, general public and other clients;

Independently exercises statutory authority with little or no direct supervision;

Regular contact with public, legal community, judiciary and other clients to provide and receive information;

Must be familiar with and understand the legal implications/ramifications of issuing and/or filing documents in compliance with legislative requirements and in a timely fashion in order to avoid potential lawsuits against the Courts, Court personnel or the GNWT and the inherent financial and possible human implications;

Refers to Court and Civil enforcement policies and procedures, Criminal Code and other legislation;

Interprets Rules of Court for Court of Appeal, Supreme and Territorial Court;

Conducts the sales of goods and land valued at 500 thousand dollars annually;

Approximately 100 seizures of goods and property are carried out each calendar year;

Processes approximately 900 document service requests annually;

Approximately 40 jury trials are scheduled each year necessitating the service of upwards of 10,000 jury summonses each year;

Responsible for ensuring sufficient persons are summonsed for jury selection, assists with jury selection and is responsible for ensuring security of the jury and that jurors have all necessary amenities for trials;

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

Certificate or course work in law enforcement with one year of practical experience in a court security or enforcement environment with a significant amount of time spent demonstrating and enforcing security practices/procedures, interpreting legislation, and responding to inquiries from the public and enforcement agencies.

A medical certification of fitness to perform the duties associated with position is a requirement.

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This job opening is for a Non-Traditional Occupations.  Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.

Bona Fide Requirement

A bona fide requirement of the position is passing the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE).


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $37.27 per hour to $44.50 per hour (approximately $72,676.50 - $86,775.00) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.00.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 15175   

Open until filled.


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445