Website Ministry of the Attorney General, Criminal Law Division

As a result of recent funding, 17 articling jobs are available

Articling Student – Crown’s Office – 2022-2023

Job ID: 184923

Salary: $1,414.47 – $1,414.47 Per Week

Apply By: Friday, July 29, 2022 11:59 pm EDT


Central East Region

1 position, Barrie (Suite 502, 75 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3P2)

1 position, Durham (Lte. Col. Samuel Sharpe D.S.O., M.P. Courthouse 3rd Floor, 150 Bond Street East, Oshawa, ON L1G 0A2)

1 position, Newmarket (50 Eagle Street West, Newmarket, ON L3Y 6B1)

Central West Region

1 position, Halton (Courthouse 2nd Floor, 491 Steeles Avenue East, Milton, ON L9T 1Y7)

1 position, Hamilton (Courthouse Suite 441, 45 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON L8N 2B7)

1 position, Peel (Courthouse Suite 100 & 506, 7755 Hurontario Street, Brampton, ON L6W 4T6)

1 position, Niagara (Courthouse 3rd Floor, 59 Church Street, PO Box 788, St Catharines, ON L2R 7N8)

West Region

1 position, Kitchener (Courthouse 3rd Floor, 200 Fredrick Street, Kitchener, ON N2H 6P1)


*3 positions, Downtown Toronto (Courthouse Suite 101, 361 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1Y1)

*1 position, Etobicoke (Unit 29, 2201 Finch Avenue West, Toronto, ON M9M 2Y9)

*1 position, North York (1001 Finch Avenue West, North York, ON M3J 2V5)

*2 positions, Scarborough (1911 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON M1L 2L8)

North Region

1 position, Dryden (Ontario Government Building Main Floor, 479 Government Street, PO Box 2, Dryden, ON P8N 3K9)

1 position, Thunder Bay (Courthouse 4th Floor, 125 Brodie Street North, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 0A3)

You must indicate in the body of your e-mail which location(s) you are interested in.

*Please note the following with respect to the positions in Toronto Region: In 2023, the Toronto West (Etobicoke), Toronto East (Scarborough), Toronto North (North York), and Toronto Downtown Crown Attorney’s Offices will merge together at the New Toronto Courthouse (NTC), located downtown at 10 Armoury Street.  The anticipated date for the move is March 2023.  Therefore, while students will begin their articling term in the Fall of 2022 at one of the current Toronto Region office locations, by the end of their term it is anticipated that they will all be together at NTC.  Details are still being developed in terms of changes, if any, to our student program as a result of the move.

As a result of recent funding, the Criminal Law Division within the Ministry of the Attorney General is currently recruiting via competitive process for seventeen (17) Articling Students across Ontario for the 2022-2023 term. The anticipated start date by September 6, 2022 (with some flexibility). Articling Students in the 2022-2023 term can expect to provide meaningful support on homicide, complex and other major case prosecutions in addition to the standard work as outlined below.

Branch Overview:

The Criminal Law Division is responsible for prosecuting the vast majority of Ontario’s criminal cases at all levels of court. Organized by local offices and counties, each office is led by a Crown Attorney and staffed by Assistant Crown Attorneys. In becoming a proficient prosecutor, an Assistant Crown Attorney must master all aspects of trial practice including such matters as case preparation, witness examination and cross-examination, the use of forensic evidence, legal argument, and the art of addressing a jury. There is no better way to develop a barrister’s skills than to embark on a career as an Assistant Crown Attorney.

Apart from trial work, Assistant Crown Attorneys may provide a range of related services. They give legal advice to police during the course of investigations; they assist police in obtaining search warrants; they review police briefs and conduct charge screening, with a view to eliminating charges where there is no reasonable prospect of conviction; and they try to facilitate reasonable resolutions of cases prior to trial whenever possible.


Each local Crown Attorney’s Office provides its students with an excellent articling experience devoted to criminal law. After articling, many of our students go on to become Assistant Crown Attorneys, while some go into private practice as part of the defence bar. In either case, articling with the Crown Attorney’s office is an ideal way to start a career in criminal law.

In prosecutions, articling students work with Assistant Crown Attorneys. The student works closely with counsel in all facets of trial process, including legal research, disclosure, pre-trial conferences with defence counsel, witness interviews, preparation of examinations-in-chief and cross-examinations, preparation of closing arguments, and much more. During their articling year, students also have regular opportunity to prosecute a variety of provincial offences, learning the rudiments of most trial skills. By the end of a student’s articling year, it is anticipated that he or she will be sufficiently well trained to work as a junior prosecutor.

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the “How to apply” section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Application Requirements:

All applications must include: a cover letter, resume/CV, law school transcripts and undergraduate transcripts. National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) candidates are required to disclose their status in obtaining the NCA Certificate of Qualification.

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Please submit your application to:

Coordinator, Strategic Legal Recruitment

Applications will only be accepted via e-mail as above. You must indicate in the body of your e-mail which location(s) you are interested in.

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