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Date:  Sep 16, 2022


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Requisition No: 646981 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21010283 

Salary:  $55,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 11/13/2022 

Agency:           Office of the Public Defender, First Circuit

How to Apply: Use People First on-line system. Attach resume.

Position:          Attorney (Assistant Public Defender)

Salary:             $50,000 annually, minimum starting



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PUBLIC DEFENDER offices in Pensacola, Shalimar and DeFuniak Springs, Florida, are seeking attorneys to handle misdemeanor, and/or juvenile cases.  Excellent opportunity to gain trial experience.  We provide extensive training, such as Public Defender College (basic and advanced), Prosecutor/Public Defender Training Program, and CLE approved training.  Generous benefits include State retirement system and health/hospitalization, life, and disability insurance coverage.  Prefer Florida Bar members. 


Preference given to members in good standing of The Florida Bar.


The Public Defender's Office is responsible for providing legal counsel, when appointed by the Court, to those accused of criminal offenses who cannot afford to hire a lawyer.

The duties of an Assistant Public Defender [Attorney] include:


Representation of indigent persons charged with crimes, including felonies, misdemeanors and traffic cases for which a sentence of incarceration may be imposed, in all phases of the criminal process from arraignment to post-conviction or appellate relief.


Meeting with clients after arrest and obtain their history to make bond arguments to the court. Preparing pre-trial motions such as Notice of Discovery, Motions to Suppress Evidence, and Motions to Dismiss, which are required to be filed and setting hearings to ensure that they are carried out properly. Preparing post-trial matters such as potions to withdraw pleas, motions to reconsider sentence and post-conviction petitions.


Interviewing and counseling defendants to discuss the appropriate actions to be taken and which, if any, pre-trial motions should be filed.


Maintaining working relationship with clients in person, by phone and by mail contact.


Investigating the alleged crime or offense by meeting with witnesses, police officers and reviewing the facts, including depositions.


Performing as trial counsel by representing defendants during courtroom proceedings.


Researching case law, communicating with defendant to determine trial strategy such as cross-examination procedures, witness selection, jury selection, testimony decisions and opening and closing arguments.


Employer has a "harassment-free" workplace policy requiring honesty, confidentiality and professional conduct. All employees must uphold confidentiality requirements of all host software programs. Employees must also practice safe workplace procedures, and follow policies and procedures.


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS at 1-844-377-1888 on how your current benefits may be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

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: Pensacola