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ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY - Felony Division

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  • Full Time
  • Covington, LA
April 6, 2024 Attorney Criminal Law

Job Description

Full-time
Description

  

The purpose of the position is to provide legal counsel and execute legal imperatives or actions in all criminal prosecutions for the District Attorney’s Office for the 22nd Judicial District, State of Louisiana.  Employees in this classification perform professional, legal, administrative, and supervisory work.  Position is responsible for providing counsel and on reviewing, preparing and providing counsel on criminal matters.  Incumbent prepares and or reviews criminal matters, prepares legal documents, provides legal advocacy and represents the office as a legal resource person for criminal felony prosecutions. This is an position in the Assistant District Attorney series characterized by the responsibility for the preparation, processing and recording of legal and other official documents such as court actions, subpoenas, criminal warrants, legal descriptions and official notices.  This position is an exempt position and is distinguished from the other positions in the series in that the higher positions require additional work experience.

 

Requirements

  

Essential duties are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it. The omission of specific statements or duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

· Prosecutes felony criminal activity 

· Conducts pre-trial interviews with defendants, witnesses, defense attorneys and arresting officers, negotiates with defendants and defense attorneys; prepares cases for trial.

· Creates and drafts petitions and/or motions.

· Signs and accepts Bills of Information.

· Runs court docket; works closely with clerks and sheriff’s office employees.

· Conducts and participates in various motions, preliminary hearing, bond reductions, returns of seized property, and motions to quash.

· Enters and compiles data and other computer information to determine the status of pending criminal charges.

· Tracks pending cases to monitor pertinent information; advises colleagues on defendant’s status.

· Performs legal research and data entry tasks.

· Instructs, assigns, reviews and plans the work of others, assigned to his direct control.

· Interacts with public, law enforcement agencies and Judges on Criminal Division matters.

· Evaluates reports to determine appropriate legal action.

· Conducts conflict resolution between public, witnesses and staff, handles case and legal and administrative procedures deemed problematic in the Criminal Division.

· Reviews District Attorney files and records as needed to respond to victims and witnesses; reviews and monitors open case list.

· As needed performs clerical tasks such as typing, copying, filing, faxing, scanning and answering the phone.

· Performs the work of subordinate Assistant District Attorneys and other related work as required.

· And any other duties that may be assigned 

Requirements

· Legal experience in criminal matters preferred.

· Knowledge of legal terminology and of State, Juvenile, City and District Court proceedings.  

· Knowledge of the principles of legal research in Lexis and Westlaw.

· Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.

· Skills in conflict resolution.

· Skill in communicating and writing clearly and concisely

· Skill in rendering defensible decisions and opinions.

· Skill in negotiating and mediating resolutions of disputed items.

· Skill in operating a variety of modern office equipment and software in processing information in prescribed formats. Knowledge of: Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

· Typing using the QWERTY keyboard or equivalent of at least 20 words per minute.

· Ability to interpret law.

· Ability to understand oral and written instructions.

· Ability to serve the public with patience, tact and integrity.

· Ability to utilize a wide variety of descriptive data and information, such as legal publications, law books, pleadings, court records, dockets, legislative acts, computer programs and formbooks.

· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor and fellow employees.

· Ability to establish guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others on how to apply procedures and standards to specific situations.

· Ability to apply principles of persuasion and/or influence.

· Ability to handle stressful situations.

· Ability to interpret, local state and federal codes, laws, rules, and regulations as applicable to the Criminal Justice environment.



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