ATTORNEY I/II/III/IV Ė PUBLIC DEFENDERíS OFFICE

Series Specifications

Job Specifications

 

Class Code:

JG1/JG2/JG3/JG4

Analyst: SC

Date Originated:

02/21 

Dates Revised:


COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ

DEFINITION

Under general direction, performs a broad range of professional legal representation services for the Public Defenderís Office, involving the defense, preparation, and presentation of criminal and/or some civil cases before the court on behalf of the Public Defender; and performs other related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

TYPICAL TASKS

ALL LEVELS:

         Prepares and defends criminal cases by presenting opening statements, interrogating and cross-examining witnesses, introducing evidence, making relevant objections, arguing points of law, and presenting closing arguments.

 

         Research questions of law and evidence and applies statutory and decisional case law, along with such other legal treaties as may be required in preparation of cases for hearing in court.

 

         Attends other scheduled court hearings such as arraignments, pretrial hearings and motions, sentencings, and probation revocations.

         Prepares legal briefs, motions, memorandum of points and authorities, documents, and pleadings.

         Interviews victims, police officers, and witnesses.

         Assemble, reviews, and prepares evidence for presentation in court.

         Negotiates the appropriate disposition of criminal cases without going to trial.

 

         Organizes facts and legal arguments and arrange witnesses in preparation for trial and other court proceedings.

 

         Determines nature of follow-up investigations needed for trial.

         Advises the public and law enforcement personnel on criminal matters.

         Negotiates case dispositions as defense counsel.

         Prepares opinions and other legal documents.

         Prepares and submits documents regarding application for probation, appeal of court findings, writs, and other legal documents on behalf of defendants.

         Conducts specialized legal research and prepares memoranda regarding the results of such research.

         Confers with prosecuting staff, probation authorities and court officials to discuss pleas, modification of charges, presentation and examination of documents and materials prior to trials.

         Acts as liaison between the work unit, related departments, and agencies on assigned cases.

         May be assigned to supervise, train and/or serve as lead worker over less experienced attorneys.


 

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

KNOWLEDGE OF:

Attorney I

Some knowledge of:

Attorney II

Working knowledge of all the above, plus the following:

Attorney III

Thorough knowledge of all the above.


Attorney IV

Thorough knowledge of all the above, plus the following:

 

ABILITY TO:

 

All Levels

Attorney II/III/IV:

 

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

* Experience in the practice of civil law may be substituted for criminal law for positions assigned to applicable divisions.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Background Investigation: At a minimum, this process will include fingerprinting and is subject to additional background standards established by appointing authority.

 

Bargaining Unit: 62

EEOC Job Category: 02
Occupational Grouping: 32
Worker's Comp Code: 0053