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Date: Sep 27, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32301

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Requisition No: 415981 

Agency: State Courts System

Working Title: TRIAL COURT STAFF ATTORNEY - 22009009

Position Number: 22009009 

Salary:  $44,032.73-$48,925.25 

Posting Closing Date: 10/23/2021 


Annual Minimum Salary: $48,925.25; Salary 10% below annual minimum ($44,032.73) if applicant has not passed the Florida Bar. 

**The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary**

Position Number: 009009

Class Code: 8370


General Description


The position is responsible for reviewing briefs and case files; conducting legal research; drafting memoranda, opinions, orders, and reports; and advising judges on pending litigation and issues.  This is a high-volume work environment, and the individual needs to be self-motivated and dedicated.  The position works under general supervision of the Chief Judge or designee


Education, Experience, Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations: 


  • Juris doctor from an accredited law school.
  • Law review or journal experience and/or advanced research and writing coursework preferred.
  • Requires membership in good standing with the Florida Bar or a membership with the Florida Bar within one year of hire.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 


  • Possess an interest and strong proficiency in researching, analyzing, and communicating technical legal issues and writing concise and well-reasoned orders.
  • Possess a strong attention to detail and superior writing and grammar skills.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in Westlaw or LexisNexis and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the staff attorney team.
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and produce timely and accurate work product; and
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters in accordance with Court Administration policies, the Rules Regulating Florida Bar, the Florida Statutes, and the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration. 



Examples of Work Performed


Conducts legal research of substantive and procedural legal matters, and drafts/prepares legal documents, such as opinions, judgments, post-conviction orders, memoranda or orders concerning extraordinary writs.


Drafts proposed orders for motions filed in and issues arising during death penalty cases; drafts proposed orders imposing a life-or-death sentence in death penalty cases.


Reviews files, evidence, depositions, pleadings, motions, legal briefs, and memoranda of law, proposed orders and other related documentation in order to advise judges in a variety of legal areas.


Provides immediate legal research and recommendations required by judges conducting court sessions.


Attends staff meetings to exchange information; attends technical or professional workshops, seminars or conferences to improve professional skills; attends hearings as required.


Assists the circuit court appellate division by drafting bench briefs and/or appellate opinions.



Special Comments:

  • A thorough criminal and civil background check will be conducted on all final applicants.
  • An application addendum is required for final applicants.
  • Membership in the Florida Bar preferred. Membership in the Florida Bar is required within one year of hire.
  • Discretional promotion to Senior Trial Court Staff Attorney at the completion of five years if funding is available.
  • Salary 10% below minimum if applicant has not passed the Florida Bar.  Annual salary 10% below minimum: $44,032.73.
  • Position open until filled.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.


If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position. Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 1-800-955-8771.

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