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Date: Sep 20, 2018

Location: BARTOW, FL, US, 33830

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Requisition No: 30877 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21010028 

Salary:  $44,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 09/30/2018 

Public Defender 10th Judicial Circuit.

Send resume' and cover letter to Tami Locke via email or mail.


Mail:  P.O. Box 9000. Drawer PD
         Bartow, Florida 33831

Geographic Location: Bartow, Florida

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 the 10th 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

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

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: Lakeland