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Date: Sep 27, 2021

Location: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, US, 33301

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Requisition No: 392781 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21014593 

Salary:  $50,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 12/03/2021 

Public Defender's Office - 17th Judicial Circuit

Starting Date: Immediately

Summary of Duties:

Prepares cases for defense of indigent persons charged with criminal offenses; interviews clients and prospective witnesses; prepares or oversees the drafting of briefs, memoranda, pleadings, and other legal papers; conducts legal research; represents misdemeanor, felony, or juvenile clients in court arraignments, pre-trial hearings, trials, dispositions, and other proceedings; interviews clients in custody and makes initial decisions concerning such things as bail, release from custody, and mental competency to stand trial; determines need for expert witnesses; locates appropriate experts and schedules them for trial if needed; performs related work as required.


  • Must be an active member and in good standing with The Florida Bar
  • Must be willing to reside in or around the 17th Circuit within a reasonable time of accepting employment
  • Good knowledge of criminal law and procedure
  • Good knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of legal research and investigation
  • Good knowledge of judicial procedures and the Rules of Evidence
  • Good knowledge of the pleading and practice of effective presentation of court cases
  • Ability to analyze legal documents and instruments
  • Ability to appraise and organize facts to present evidence and other material in written and oral form
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with prosecutors, judges, and other professionals, as well as clients and the general public
  • Good skills in conducting legal research and analysis of data
  • Good skills in determining proper courses of action and presentation of facts and arguments
  • Ability to manage a high volume caseload while maintaining adequate levels of communication and attention to individual clients.
  • Ability to make regularly scheduled court appearances; conduct case evaluation, investigation  and preparation including but not limited to witness interviews, legal research, motion preparation, and related work as required; provide qualified and approved substitute counsel when unable to make regularly scheduled court appearances. Occasional unscheduled matters may arise
  • Ability to recognize potential conflicts of interest requiring recusal
  • Basic computer skills


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Employer: Office of the Public Defender - Seventeenth Judicial Circuit

Contact Name/Title: Lorena Mastrarrigo, Deputy Chief Assistant Public Defender

Address: 201 SE 6th Street, Suite 3872, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Email:

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The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami