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Chief Trial Deputy

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, to supervise and participate in the functions of the Criminal Division of the Office of the District Attorney; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is under the immediate direction of the Assistant District Attorney, but has supervisory responsibility for the Criminal Division, which includes the felony, misdemeanor and juvenile sections. The position at this level is characterized by demonstrated extensive felony trial experience, by direction and coordination of felony and misdemeanor filings and case assignments, by professional supervisorial duties and by administrative direction of a major organizational division of the department.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Handles difficult and/or complex criminal cases; organizes, supervises and participates in criminal substantive functions; confers with Assistant District Attorney, law enforcement agencies, judges, professionals, public officials, and others on matters of policy and procedure, and implements decisions; advises law enforcement, other governmental agencies, and private citizens seeking the issuance of criminal complaints as authorized by law; may confer with and give legal advice to the County Grand Jury; files, negotiates and tries difficult and/or complex criminal cases; interviews witnesses; assists with the hiring of staff; trains, evaluates, directs and supervises all attorney staff of the Criminal Division; advises and confers with the general public and news media; speaks before private and public organizations on matters relating to the department; performs legal research; prepares periodic and special managerial reports as requested.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Active membership in the State Bar of California; and,

1. Five years of broad and progressively responsible experience as an attorney, including four years in prosecuting or defending for a criminal branch and one year of supervisorial responsibility; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Deputy District Attorney IV with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required.

Knowledge of: the duties, powers, limitations and authorities of the public prosecutor in the criminal justice system; the organization, powers, and limitations of county governmental functions and the California Constitution; substantive and procedural criminal and civil law, including the rules of evidence and the major cases interpreting and applying the principles expressed in the United States and California Constitutions.

Ability to: appraise, interpret and apply legal principles and precedents to difficult legal problems; communicate concisely and accurately, both orally and in writing; prepare, present and conduct hearings, trials, and appeals; accomplish job responsibilities personally and through others; establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, and others.

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