The following outlines the key components of civil crown counsel/non-Justice legal counsel pay for the Government of Alberta. Unless specified otherwise, civil crown counsel/non-Justice legal counsel pay is subject to overall Government of Alberta pay policies.
The pay policy applies to civil crown counsel who provide legal services and advice to the Government of Alberta through their employment with Justice requiring membership in the Law Society of Alberta.
Application of this pay policy to non-Justice legal counsel positions who provide legal services and advice to the Government of Alberta and require membership in the Law Society of Alberta, is on a position-by-position basis, as approved by the Public Service Commissioner.
Government of Alberta civil crown counsel/non-Justice legal counsel positions are classified as follows:
- Civil Crown Counsel 1 or Non-Justice Legal Counsel 1 – Legal Counsel (Opted Out and Excluded)
- Civil Crown Counsel 2 or Non-Justice Legal Counsel 2 – Manager, Zone 2
- Civil Crown l Counsel 3 or Non-Justice Legal Counsel 3 – Senior Manager, Zone 1
- Civil Crown Counsel 4 or Non-Justice Legal Counsel 4 – Senior Manager, Zone 2
- Civil Crown Counsel 5 – Senior Manager, Zone 2
- Civil Crown Counsel 6, Executive Director – Executive Manager 1
- Civil Crown Counsel 7, Chief, Legislative Counsel and Civil Crown Counsel 8, Assistant Deputy Minister – Executive Manager 2
Treasury Board has approved salary maximums for civil crown counsel work within Justice. Recommendations on salary ranges are developed jointly by the ministry and Public Service Commission.
Salary adjustments (for example, general increase (cost-of-living adjustment) or structural) to base salary ranges for civil crown counsel/non-Justice legal counsel may be amended as approved by the employer.
Table 1. Civil Crown Counsel/Non-Justice Legal Counsel compensation (effective October 1, 2023)
|Level||Pay grade||Salary range|
|Civil Crown Counsel 1
Non-Justice Legal Counsel 1
|$3,633.50 to $4,577.16|
|Civil Crown Counsel 2
Non-Justice Legal Counsel 2
|$5,148.92 to $6,376.28|
|Civil Crown Counsel 3
Non-Justice Legal Counsel 3
|$6,857.81 to $7,604.03|
|Civil Crown Counsel 4
Non-Justice Legal Counsel 4
|$7,826.61 to $8,608.77|
|Civil Crown Counsel 5||M5JLC||$8,313.36 to $9,502.54|
|Civil Crown Counsel 6
(Legal, Executive Director)1
|M6JLC||$7,401.63 to $9,727.13|
|Civil Crown Counsel 7
(Legal, Chief Legislative Counsel)2
Civil Crown Counsel 8
(Legal, Assistant Deputy Minister)2
|$7,906.90 to $10,376.90|
1 Executive Manager 1 salary range inclusive of 50% salary modifier
2 Executive Manager 2 salary range inclusive of 31% salary modifier
April 1 is the anniversary date for all civil crown counsel/non-Justice legal counsel positions.
Note: The standard anniversary date for all management employees is April 1. The Public Service Commissioner has established April 1 as the uniform anniversary date for the Civil Crown Counsel 1 and Non-Justice Legal Counsel 1 (Legal Counsel).
Government of Alberta policy applies. A deputy head may adjust the salary of a management or opted out and excluded employee, on their anniversary date based on an assessment of satisfactory performance as outlined in the salary adjustments directive.
Government of Alberta policy applies. An employee appointed to a position assigned a classification with a higher maximum salary will be paid within the new salary range according to factors outlined in the salary determination directive, effective the date of promotion.
Government of Alberta policy applies. An in-range salary adjustment for a management or opted out and excluded employee may be approved when a salary anomaly is identified as outlined in the salary adjustments directive.
Employees are eligible for benefits and pension entitlements provided to other management or opted out and excluded government employees.
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