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Trial Court Law Clerk The candidate will assist the judiciary with case management, pending litigation and issues, and/or process criminal and civil appeals. Will handle drafting memoranda, opinions, orders and reports; conducting legal research; reviewing briefs and case files; and advising judges on pending litigation and issues. The position works under general supervision of the Chief Judge or designee. Will research and writing of legal memoranda, draft opinions, orders and reports; conduct legal research; review briefs and case files in numerous areas of law, including appeals from county court (both civil and criminal), complex civil litigation, constitutional questions, complex family law cases and criminal matters, including post-conviction motions and related civil matters such as petitions for extraordinary relief filed by or on behalf of sentenced inmates, pretrial detainees and other litigants. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Circuitâ€™s Senior Staff Attorneys, Court Administrator and Judges, and is reviewed in progress, as necessary, and upon completion. Conducts legal research of substantive and procedural legal matters, and drafts/prepares legal documents, such as opinions, judgments, post-conviction orders, memoranda or orders concerning extraordinary writs. Drafts proposed orders for motions filed in and issues arising during death penalty cases; drafts proposed orders imposing a life-or-death sentence in death penalty cases. Reviews files, evidence, depositions, pleadings, motions, legal briefs and memoranda of law, proposed orders and other related documentation in order to advice judges in a variety of legal areas. Provides immediate legal research and recommendations required by judges conducting court sessions. Attends staff meetings to exchange information; attends technical or professional workshops, seminars or conferences to improve professional skills; attends hearings as required. Assists the circuit court appellate division by drafting bench briefs and/or appellate opinions. Performs work involving the application of principles of logical thinking, scientific, medical, or legal practice to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organization impact; requires sustained, intense concentration for accurate results and continuous exposure to unusual pressure. Makes decisions with moderate impact, may affect those in organization and general public. Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving some latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing. Legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures, legal publications, Florida State Courts System is needed. Manual legal research; computerized legal research, including Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis; legal writing and drafting is needed. JD degree from an accredited law school is needed. Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations is required. Membership in the Florida Bar is required within one year of hire.
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