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Legal Secretary-Confidential

Salary: Legal Secretary III (#4688)

$21.31-$26.01 hourly / $3,706-$4,524 monthly / Range: 5466

Legal Secretary III-Confidential (#4690)

$21.84-$26.67 hourly / $3,799-$4,638 monthly / Range: 5516

DEFINITION: Under direction, to supervise and coordinate the work of a clerical staff performing legal support services; to perform a variety of complex legal secretarial duties; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a working supervisory class intended to have overall responsibility for a sizable clerical staff.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of subordinates; confers with superiors to coordinate clerical support with professional services; performs complex legal secretarial functions; provides for backup at all levels as needed; relieves professional staff of a wide variety of technical and research details; keeps abreast of legislation affecting legal procedures; interprets and implements policies, rules, regulations, and changes in procedures; maintains statistical, workflow, performance data, and related information of interest to departmental management; makes reports; participates in the selection of, assigns, trains, directs, supervises, and rates subordinates; controls vacation schedules of clerical staff; and performs related duties as necessary.


1. Four years of clerical experience, including two years as a legal secretary, preferably including some supervisory experience; or,
2. one year of experience equivalent to the class of Legal Secretary II with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Type 60 net words per minute.

Knowledge of: legal office documents, procedures, and terminology; proper format for legal documents, including court rules, citations, and quotations, criminal, civil, and court procedures and court functions; applicable State codes, regulations, and procedures related to court and other legal actions; good English usage of a business and legal nature.

Ability to: operate a variety of office equipment such as dictating/transcribing equipment, copier, and typewriter; establish and maintain effective working relationship with departmental staff and legal and court related personnel; direct and evaluate work performed by legal secretaries; compile data; write clear and comprehensive reports and correspondence; perform assignments requiring independent initiative and the acceptance of responsibility for decisions; prioritize assigned duties; communicate effectively orally and in writing.

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