Overview

This position is for a full-time vacancy in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Future vacancies for this position may be filled from the eligible list to be established. The expected life of the eligible list is six months.

This is a “continuous recruitment” which means, we will accept applications on a continuous basis. A continuous recruitment may be closed at any time.


Appointments may be filled at either level III or IV, depending upon qualifications.
Level III – $44.09 – $53.79 Hourly; $91,707.20 – $111,883.20 Annually
Level IV – $48.71 – $59.43 Hourly; $ 101,316.80- $123,614.40 Annually

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
Deputy District Attorney III is the full journey level in the Deputy District Attorney classification series. Deputy District Attorney IV is the highest level in the Deputy District Attorney classification series. Incumbents are expected to prosecute the full range of cases occurring within the District Attorney’s Office with a minimum of direction. Assignments may include vertical prosecution of difficult and serious cases; prosecution of cases in Juvenile and Superior Courts; and/or lead supervision of a unit having major functional responsibilities within a division of the department. Positions in this class may be assigned to instruct, assist, advise and train other attorneys, professionals and/or legal technical and clerical support staff in the handling of cases. Work is performed exercising considerable independent judgment and initiative, under the direction of a Deputy District Attorney IV, the Assistant District Attorney, or other managing deputy district attorney as assigned/appointed by the District Attorney.

Essential duties may vary from position to position within classifications. Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the County to be appropriate under applicable law.

At the III level: Reviews cases for filing criminal complaints; reviews and evaluates law enforcement reports and requests for the issuance of criminal complaints; reviews subject rap sheets for prior/past criminal record to assist in making filing decisions; analyzes evidence presented and determines whether or not issuance of complaint can be justified, or whether additional evidence is required; suggests what additional evidence may be needed, how it might be obtained and legal procedures which must be observed in doing so; prepares witness list; prepares and/or supervises the preparation of complaints; interviews and advises complainants and witnesses; conducts extensive legal research; interprets and applies laws, court decisions and other legal authorities for use in the preparation of cases, opinions and briefs; appears in court representing the District Attorney’s Office; conducts jury and court trials of criminal or civil cases; prepares complex written legal reports, opinions, briefs and appeals, pleadings and other legal documents; meets with clerical staff to discuss and resolve workflow problems; assists in reassignment of clerical staff to cover priority items as needed; may vertically prosecute cases for specific types of criminal complaints; may provide lead supervision for a major unit in a division of the department; may coordinate and administer specific grants and prepare appropriate reports; may staff pending felony cases with other attorneys; meets with attorney staff to discuss pending felonies and misdemeanors; obtains court calendaring reports, identifies problem cases and matches with appropriate attorneys; may advise grand jury; researches and responds to legal issues for grand jury; expands level of expertise; reads new case and statutory law and legislative changes; attends training seminars; reads and applies training material; responds to public inquiries and requests for assistance; attends briefings and meetings with law enforcement and other public agencies and commissions; may act as press liaison; may conduct training for other departmental attorneys in specialized areas of law.

At the IV level: Reviews cases for filing criminal complaints; reviews and evaluates law enforcement reports and requests for the issuance of criminal complaints; reviews subject rap sheets for prior/past criminal record to assist in making filing decisions; analyzes evidence presented and determines whether or not issuance of complaint can be justified, or whether additional evidence is required; suggests what additional evidence may be needed, how it might be obtained and legal procedures which must be observed in doing so; prepares witness list; supervises the preparation of the complaint; interviews and advises complainants and witnesses on complex cases; conducts extensive legal research; interprets and applies laws, court decisions and other legal authorities for use in the preparation of cases, opinions and briefs; appears in court representing the District Attorney’s Office; conducts jury and court trials of criminal or civil cases; prepares complex written legal reports, opinions, briefs and appeals, pleadings and other legal documents; meets with clerical staff to discuss and resolve workflow problems; assists in reassignment of clerical staff to cover priority items as needed; vertically prosecutes cases for specific types of criminal complaints; may provide direct supervision for a major unit in a division of the department; may coordinate and administer specific grants and prepare appropriate reports; meets with attorney staff to discuss pending felonies; obtains court calendaring reports, identifies problem cases and matches with appropriate attorneys; may advise grand jury; researches and responds to legal issues for grand jury; expands level of expertise; reads new case and statutory law and legislative changes; attends training seminars; reads and applies training material; responds to public inquiries and requests for assistance; attends briefings and meetings with law enforcement and other public agencies and commissions; may act as press liaison; may conduct training for other departmental attorneys in specialized areas of law; assigns and directs supplemental investigations by D.A. investigators; monitors and controls progress of investigation division; prioritizes investigation work; responds to crime scenes and attends autopsies as necessary.

Please note: Work experience for the last 15 years must be included in the work history portion of your application. It is also important that your application show all the relevant education and experience that you possess, even if it extends beyond the required past 15 years. A resume may be attached, but it is not a substitute for completing the application and supplemental questions. Failure to submit a completed application may eliminate you from the recruitment. When completing the work history portion of your application please include each level position title and level as a separate entry when applicable. Eg: If you were a Deputy District Attorney III and promoted to Deputy District Attorney IV, each level should be entered separately to reflect the time held at each level.

Both Levels:

Education: Possession of active, valid membership in the California State Bar is evidence of sufficient education for this classification.

License: Possession of a valid appropriate California driver’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.

For Level III:

Experience: Three years of experience practicing as a licensed attorney including one year in the practice of criminal law or one year of experience as a Deputy District Attorney II in Kings County.

For Level IV:

Experience: Three years of experience as a Deputy District Attorney in California prosecuting felony cases in Superior Court before a jury and including demonstrated expertise in one or more specialized areas of law.

For a detailed job description, please click the links below:
Deputy District Attorney III
Deputy District Attorney IV

All completed applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed. Depending upon the number of applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, the examination process may include a screening committee (pass/fail) and/or written examination (pass/fail) and/or an oral examination (100%) which may include a written practical component to determine placement on the eligible list.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Veteran’s Preference Application
You must submit a certified DD-214 and a new request form for each application submission prior to the closing date.

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