- Under administrative direction, performs prosecutorial legal services as assigned by the District Attorney (D.A.). Responsible for an ongoing caseload and other assignments which require constant interaction with the public, other agencies and members of the legal profession.
- While not required for the position, the ideal candidate will have experience appearing in court on contested matters, made arguments to the judge, and elicited evidence from witnesses. The ideal candidate also has some experience in a prosecutor's office either as an attorney or law student, has prepared contested motions, and has argued motions on behalf of the prosecution.
- Work is assigned based upon the experience and professional competence of the attorney. Incumbents appointed at the lower levels of the class series may be promoted to higher levels within the series upon assumption of progressively responsible job assignments, satisfactory performance of such assignments, and having the corresponding amount of professional experience. No experience is required at the Attorney I level.
- The Attorney II level requires a minimum of two (2) years of legal experience and the Attorney III requires a minimum of four (4) years of legal experience. Advancement within the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.
- For those with long term career aspirations as a prosecutor, there is also a Senior Attorney class which, under administrative direction, provides the most difficult professional prosecutorial services as assigned by the D.A. The Senior class is distinguished from subordinate classes by: (1) difficulty of work assignments; (2) incumbents' demonstrated excellence of professional performance; and (3) appointment to, and removal from, the classification at the discretion of the D.A.
- NOTE: If appointed at the lower level, incumbent may be promoted to the higher level without further exam upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department. An individual appointed to extra-help by virtue of this recruitment may, dependent upon his/her performance as an extra help attorney, and the needs of the District Attorney's Office, be appointed to the permanent classification of Attorney.
- Attorneys are represented by the Criminal Justice Attorneys Association of Ventura County (CJAAVC) and are exempt from overtime compensation.
- NOTE: The County of Ventura's Personnel Rules and Regulations prohibit County attorneys from engaging in the private practice of law.
- The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-Term), Intermittent and Extra Help vacancies within the District Attorney's Office (an Extra Help position is without benefits). The District Attorney's Office is currently seeking to fill one (1) Regular vacancy and one (1) Temporary (benefited) vacancy.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Interview witnesses and analyze/evaluate evidence while preparing cases for trial under criminal law.
- Appear on behalf of the People of the State of California at court hearings, make appropriate motions and pleas, and take other appropriate legal action.
- Conduct trial prosecution by preparing strategies, ordering investigations and subpoenas, resolving legal issues through research, participating in jury selection, and presenting evidence and argument.
- Negotiate disposition and modification of cases according to office policy.
- Prepare reports, appeals, writs, and other legal documents.
- Handle complex cases which may include misdemeanors, felonies, environmental or consumer fraud, special investigations and/or pursuit of appellate issues.
- May also be assigned other tasks that require superior knowledge and skills at the department head's discretion.
- May be assigned various supervisory and/or training responsibilities.
- May make presentations to the public and community organizations.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
These are entrance requirements to the exam process, possession of which assures neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
Education, Training and Experience:
- Attorney I: Applicants must be law school graduates who have been licensed by the California Bar Association. No experience is required at the Attorney I level. Advancement in the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.
- Attorney II: Applicants must be law school graduates who have been licensed by the California Bar Association. The Attorney II level requires a minimum of two (2) years of legal experience. Experience may include up to one (1) year related Law Clerk experience. Advancement within the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.
- Attorney III: Applicants must be law school graduates who have been licensed by the California Bar Association. Attorney III requires a minimum of four (4) years of legal experience. Experience may include up to one (1) year Law Clerk experience. Advancement within the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.
Desired But Not Required: Experience conducting bench trials, jury trials, or preliminary examinations as an attorney and/or a law clerk.
Necessary Special Requirements: Must be an active member of the California State Bar Association and possess a valid California driver license.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
- Comprehensive knowledge of: rules of evidence, legal principles, criminal law and trial procedures; State and Federal law pertaining to specific trial assignments; legal research methods; ethical responsibilities outlined by the American Bar Association and California Bar Association.
- Comprehensive ability to: perform legal research, investigate and analyze evidence and complex legal problems; communicate effectively orally and in writing; prepare cases and provide legal counsel; prepare reports and legal documents; supervise and train staff as required; and deal effectively with clients, members of the legal profession, public officials, and the general public.
Closing Date: 11th March, 2020