Date:  Nov 18, 2023


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Requisition No: 815189 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21072258 

Salary:  $60,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 04/30/2024 


Attorney – Assistant Public Defender


The Work You Will Do:


The Office of the Public Defender, Second Judicial Circuit is seeking qualified applicants for an Assistant Public Defender in the trial division.


  • The primary responsibility of assistant public defenders is to provide effective and professional legal representation to people charged with criminal offenses.
  • This advertisement may be used to fill positions in the Tallahassee and Quincy office locations.


How You Will Grow:


The Office of the Public Defender provides in-house training opportunities monthly, as well as opportunities to attend seminars and training opportunities offered by the National Association of Public Defense, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Public Defender Association and more.




  • $60,000.00 annually


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Florida Rules Criminal Procedure, Florida Rules of Evidence, and Florida Criminal Statutes.
  • Minimum Qualifications:
  • Juris Doctorate
  • Applicants must be a member of and in good standing with The Florida Bar.
  • Applicants who have completed the Florida Bar examination and are awaiting results will also be considered. If hired prior to receiving bar results, this position, a "Legal Trainee", has a starting salary of $45,000.00. Upon being sworn into the Florida Bar, annual salary will increase to $60,000.00 along with promotion to an Assistant Public Defender position.
  • Legal Trainee candidates must provide a copy of their Registrant Clearance from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. 


Our Organization and Mission:


The Office of the Public Defender, Second Judicial Circuit provides legal representation for indigent individuals accused of criminal offenses. The Second Judicial Circuit encompasses six Florida counties: Leon, Gadsden, Liberty, Jefferson, Wakulla and Franklin.


Each fiscal year, the Second Judicial Circuit represents indigent clients in both criminal trial and criminal appeal appointments, equating to nearly 16,500 criminal cases for six (6) Florida counties and over 1,100 cases on appeal for the 32 counties that make up the First District Court of Appeal.


The Office of Public Defender came into existence in 1963 following the United States Supreme Court's landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright.  The Court ruled that indigent citizens have the fundamental right to the assistance of counsel under the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution.


Under the direction of Public Defender Jessica J. Yeary, the office is comprised of dedicated criminal defense attorneys, investigators, social workers and support staff who work tirelessly to ensure equal justice for all.



The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:


The Office of the Public Defender is not an agency in the State Personnel System, but offers the same benefits as state agencies, including State Group Insurance and participation in the Florida Retirement System.


The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:


  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits.
  • Paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year.
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, and other supplemental insurance options.
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click,
  • Tuition waivers,
  • And more!


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Candidates requiring reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are asked to contact Human Resources at 850-606-1082 or


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: Tallahassee