Crown Attorneys leaving Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Derek Montague The Labradorian
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One gone, two have given their notice

Provincial Crown Attorneys are leaving Happy Valley-Goose Bay quickly and a search is underway to replace them.

Earlier this month, an inside source contacted the Labradorian, concerned with the number of attorneys who were planning to leave the area.

On March 18, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice confirmed that three out of the five attorneys have either left or are planning to leave within the next several months.

According to an email from the department, the senior crown attorney has recently left Happy Valley-Goose Bay to work in Newfoundland, and two more attorneys have given their notice.

“There is one senior crown attorney position and four crown attorney positions in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay office,” reads the email.

“In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the senior crown recently transferred to the island portion of the province to continue working as a crown attorney. As well, two crown attorneys have given their notice to leave over the next several months. As with any other organization, turnover of staff is an issue but we are taking steps to address this.”

The email also says that a new senior crown attorney from northern Ontario will be arriving in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on April 28, 2014. Two crown attorneys in St. John’s have also been assigned to deal with the Nain and Natuashish court circuits.

“Covering circuits using crown attorneys posted in St. John’s is a temporary measure as we continue the recruitment process to hire new crown attorneys to live in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay region and work in the office there,” reads the email.

“With regards to recruitment, efforts are well underway and we have already identified several potential candidates. Our goal is to have the Happy Valley-Goose Bay office completely staffed with permanent positions as soon as possible.”

According to the source, one of the outgoing attorneys plans to leave in April, while the other will be gone sometime this summer.

derek.montague@thelabradorian.ca

Organizations: Department of Justice

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Newfoundland Northern Ontario

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