This position provides assistance to the Prosecuting Attorneys in Municipal Court on a part time basis. Responsibilities include daily court appearances, either remote or in person, evaluating cases for charging, preparing charging paperwork, and appearing at other hearings as assigned.
The work performed by this class requires incumbents to apply professional knowledge and expertise as well as established guidelines and alternatives to determine facts, analyze problems, and make decisions without immediate supervisory review; incumbents may respond to sensitive and complicated inquiries or problems related to criminal and traffic prosecution. The work requires judgment in selecting the appropriate methods and procedures for accomplishing project assignments, and incumbents perform their daily work independently and alert their supervisor to potentially controversial issues.Examples of Job DutiesOther duties may be assigned as needed.
- Serves as prosecuting attorney in criminal misdemeanor cases filed by the city; represents the city in pre-trials, arraignments, sentencing, traffic violations, and other misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases; represents the city in civil matters such as dangerous dog violations, code enforcement, nuisance, and other civil infractions.
- Charges criminal cases; reviews and prepares documents and cases and reviews probable cause; attempts to resolve cases appropriately.
- Communicates with witnesses, police, other attorneys, and defendants as needed; communicates and coordinates with court administrative personnel, city departments, public defenders, and other personnel in matters related to criminal and traffic cases.
- Participates in pre-trial conferences and in-court hearings to resolve cases prior to trial; negotiates, reviews cases, investigates, and makes offers; and attends sentencings.
- Organizes case information and analyzes pertinent case facts and evidence; researches legal precedent and develops arguments as appropriate; prepares legal documents required to proceed with criminal cases.
- Analyzes and evaluates the validity of each criminal charge; performs a variety of case preparation duties such as reviewing and signing citations and long form complaints, plea bargaining, negotiating and interviewing witnesses.
- Represents the city in court on contested hearings and other infractions as required.
- A combination of the experience, education, and training listed below which provides an equivalent background to perform the work of this position.
Education and Training:
- One year of experience as a practicing licensed attorney, with experience in criminal trial practice in a district, municipal, or superior court preferred; experience in Washington courts preferred.
Licenses or Certificates:
- Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
- Active membership in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association.
- Must possess, or have the ability to possess within one month of hire date, a Washington State Driver's License.
The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those occurring in the performance of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift up to 10 pounds; occasionally lift and/or move 10 to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. This position is usually assigned to an office, and the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
Work is performed mainly during City office hours.
This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position and the level of knowledge and skills typically required. It does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and it is subject to change as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.