Must have the ability to read police reports, medical and mental health evaluations, operate a computer, and work in what is frequently a high stress environment.
Incumbents may be exposed to hostile individuals while in the courtroom setting, while visiting sites and interviewing witnesses, especially at off-site locations.
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
In this role, you will have opportunity to:
• Preparing and trying, with little supervision, primarily felony level criminal cases in Superior Court, and handling appeals (when necessary) to the Washington State Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, often involving complex litigation. In addition, handle occasional misdemeanor cases, a full felony caseload and high profile cases, including Aggravated Murder cases.
• Monitor case loads of public defenders in unit as the office increases in size, maintain the office standards for case assignments, caseloads, and case dispositions, while mentoring newer public defenders toward becoming highly effective courtroom advocates.
• Assist the Chief Public Defender in coordinating and monitoring the myriad indigent defense contracts between the county and local law firms and solo practitioners.
• Attend meetings and discharge duties in place of the Chief Public Defender as directed.
• Work with outside entities as necessary to promote the overall goals of county-wide effective indigent defense services including expert witness and investigation resources, conflict attorney panels, mental health advocates, and court, prosecuting attorney, and corrections staff members.
• Appellate unit: Perfect Notice of Appeal after trials, and occasionally handle appeal in limited, appropriate situations.
• Appear for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
• Establish and maintain cooperative, effective, and productive working relationships with clients, subordinates, opposing counsel, court, prosecutor, and corrections staff alike using tact, patience, courtesy, and when the occasion may call for it, humility.
Effectively plan and organize work and complete tasks within prescribed timeframes. May often be required to work over 40 hours in a workweek.
OTHER POSITION RELATED INFORMATION:
• Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
• This position is classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
• Non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual.
• Classified as "at will". lncumbent's continued employment is at the discretion of the Chief Public Defender.
Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
614 Division St, MS#23A
Port Orchard, WA 98366