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Trial Court Staff Attorney

Date: Sep 3, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32301

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Requisition No: 394602 

Agency: State Courts System

Working Title: Trial Court Staff Attorney

Position Number: TBD 

Salary:  $23.52 - $42.34 

Posting Closing Date: 10/23/2021 



(Pandemic Recovery)

OPS Full-time Position (40 hours a week)

Hourly Salary Range: $23.52 - $42.34; 10% below hourly minimum ($21.17) if applicant has not passed the Florida Bar. 

(The salary is negotiable based upon experience.)

Class Code: 8370


General Description


The essential function of the position within the organization is to assist the judiciary with case management, pending litigation and issues.  The position is responsible for drafting memoranda, opinions, orders, and reports; conducting legal research; review briefs and case files in numerous areas of law and advising judges on pending litigation and issues. The position works under general supervision of the Program Coordinator 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: 


  • This is a high-volume work environment, and the individual needs to be self-motivated and dedicated. 
  • 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 Rules of General Practice and 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:


  • Knowledge of civil case proceedings, procedures, and court rules.
  • Ability to communicate effective in writing and orally.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, priorities, and activities. 
  • Ability to plan, edit, and proofread reports, articles, and other written materials.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with members of the judiciary, state court personnel and the public. 
  • Knowledge of court operations and administration, and in the legal system will benefit the successful applicant.
  • Must be proficient in the use of Word, WordPerfect and Excel.
  • A criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists.
  • 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.
  • Salary 10% below minimum if applicant has not passed the Florida Bar.  Annual salary 10% below minimum: $ 44,032.73.
  • Position available July 1, 2021.
  • Position may stay open until filled.
  • This position is subject to legislative appropriations.  Currently, the funding is available from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.  However, funding will be reviewed annually to ensure appropriations are available for the next fiscal year.


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