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Deputy Prosecuting Attorney I The candidate will report to Chief Deputy and Assistant Chief Prosecuting Attorney. This position is either criminal, civil, or child support. Will handle misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor and traffic cases in District Court and Juvenile or may include routine cases in Superior Court against adult defendants. Analyzes legal issues and prepares documents to provide assistance to the County in civil matters. Provide advice and representation in less complex civil proceedings for various County governing bodies or assist a more senior deputy with the counsel and litigation for major County Agencies. Responsible for establishing parentage modifying child support orders, and pursing contempt actions against parents willfully not paying child support. Prosecuting misdemeanor and less complex civil or criminal cases under general direction of a supervisor. Screens, reviews and evaluates factual and legal bases for complaints and cases filed to determine legal sufficiency; requests further investigation by law enforcement as necessary; prepares charges to be filed. Prepares for motion hearings and trials by interviewing and preparing witnesses; researching and writing briefs, memoranda, pleadings, and other legal documents. Evaluates cases for appropriate disposition; prepares for and participates in plea negotiations with defense counsel as necessary. Organizes for trial preparation; drafts and files legal documents and prepares questions and arguments necessary for hearings or trials; notifies and interviews witnesses; reviews evidence. Under general direction, prosecutes offenders in court to prove charges beyond a reasonable doubt; conducts courtroom or administrative proceedings; determines strategy, organization, timing and order of evidence presentation, appearance of witnesses, jury instructions, and related matters. Reviews, evaluates, and conducts necessary research for involuntary commitment proceedings and dependency cases; interviews physicians, family members, and others to determine status of case and proposed disposition; prepares necessary legal documents; attends hearing and provides legal advice regarding case disposition. Carries an appellate case load of cases (typically from District or Juvenile Court.) Researches and writes appellate briefs and makes oral argument before Appellate Court (Superior Court, Court of Appeals or State Supreme Court). Provides assistance to a more senior deputy in the preparation and prosecution of more complex criminal and civil cases. Remains current on new laws, regulations, and procedures. Provides legal advice and representations to County departments and elected officials. Answers questions and provides information to law enforcement personnel, the public, victims, and others regarding general legal principals, the court process, and other related matters. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have Juris Doctor Degree, 1 year directly related experience is desirable; or any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. Must have Valid Washington State Driver’s License. Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Washington.Must have knowledge of Washington State criminal and civil law and related local statutes, ordinances, case law, and procedures. Should have knowledge of the duties, powers, limitations, and responsibilities of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Must have knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of legal research and investigation and their application. Must have knowledge of judicial procedure and rules of evidence. Should have skill in legal research, investigation, analysis of data, and determination of proper courses of action. Must have ability to analyze legal questions and apply legal principles and practices. Should have ability to plan, prepare, present, and conduct case strategies for criminal or civil cases. Must have ability to interpret and explain codes, statutes, ordinances, and procedures. Should have ability to interview complainants and witnesses. Must have ability to manage heavy caseloads and maintain appropriate records, logs, and case files. Should have ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the general public. Must have ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
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