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Assistant Public Defender

Posted on February 28th, 2022 at 10:01 AM

Position: Assistant Public Defender


Definition of Class

  • Under general direction represent either adults or juveniles charged with a crime before the Court of Common Pleas.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain a case load which includes representation of clients from preliminary hearing through trial or representation of clients on appeal. Manage all cases by interviewing clients, witnesses and police officers. Preparing and conferring with investigators for case investigation in anticipation of trial. Research, draft and file all pre-trial motions in a timely manner. Negotiate with the District Attorney's Office any potential plea agreement prior to trial. Prepare and file all post-sentence motions and requests for appellate review in a timely manner.
  • When representing an appellate client, researching, drafting and filing all appellate pleadings and briefs in a timely manner. Working with the trial attorney to identify issues for appeal. Other duties as required or assigned.
  • The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and shall not be considered a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • A working knowledge of Pennsylvania Criminal and appellate law and court procedure. Ability to communicate with the Court and clients during the preparation of the case for trial or appeal and during the trial or appeal. Ability to communicate in writing the issues, arguments and requested relief being sought.

Minimum Requirements

  • Juris Doctor Degree from an Accredited Law School
  • Must be a member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar

Job Description – Careers with Erie County, Pennsylvania (eriecountypa.gov)