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The current vacancy is in Ukiah, CA.  The list developed from this recruitment will be used for a limited period to fill open and promotional, regular full-time, and part-time positions throughout the County, should they occur. Pursuant to current bargaining unit agreements, employees regularly assigned to the coastal region or in Covelo are eligible to receive a 5% assignment premium.

Under direct supervision, the Deputy Public Defender II performs a variety of professional legal work involving the preparation and presentation of criminal and/or civil cases for the courts as assigned; provides legal advice and assistance to department and law enforcement staff; advises clients and the public on legal procedures regarding criminal and/or civil cases and performs other related duties as required.

Bilingual English/Spanish encouraged to apply. Se buscan personas bilingües en inglés y español. Para recibir una solicitud en español, llame a Recursos Humanos al 234-6600.

Job Requirements and Minimum Qualifications
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Interviews clients in and out of custody; determines client's background and client's position in the case.
  • Advises and counsels clients concerning their rights and possible consequences of various actions.
  • Prepares notes regarding areas for questioning of witnesses; interviews potential witnesses.
  • Discusses cases with associated parties, such as investigators, police officers, probation officers, mental health professionals, agencies providing services to clients, and other attorneys.
  • Investigates factual allegations, which form the basis of the charges.
  • Discusses case with and provides direction to investigators; informs investigator of witnesses to interview, areas to cover in interviews, evidence to be gathered and evaluated, deadline to be met and/or other relevant factors.
  • Reviews evidence, police reports, documents and/or other information sources related to cases; evaluates assigned cases; determines appropriate strategies to use in each case; prepares for various stages of each case.
  • Negotiates resolution of cases with deputy district attorneys.
  • Represents defendants in court at various stages of cases, including arraignments, preliminary hearings, pre-trial conferences and/or trials.
  • Interprets and applies laws, court decisions and other legal authorities in the preparation of cases, opinions and briefs.
  • Researches, formulates, drafts and files motions, briefs and/or other legal documents.
  • Writes, files and argues motions in court.
  • Prepares cases for presentation at jury trials; coordinates with appropriate relevant parties.
  • Conducts legal research on criminal law issues.
  • Prepares comprehensive investigative and/or other reports.
  • Maintains records and case files.
  • Reviews and interprets current relevant legislation and litigation.
  • Acts as a liaison for the Public Defender's office.
  • Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Selection Procedure & Other Important Information

Important Application Information:

  • It is your responsibility to demonstrate through your application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications of the position/s for which you apply.
  • You must complete all sections of the application.  A résumé or other information you feel will help us evaluate your qualifications may be attached to your completed application, but will not be accepted in lieu of completing any part of the application.  Blank applications that contain only a résumé or those that reference “see résumé” will be rejected as incomplete.
  • Check your application before submitting to ensure it is complete and correct; no new or additional information will be accepted after the closing date.
  • Inquiry will be made of your former and current employers; please provide the names and telephone numbers of supervisors on your application.
  • You must provide the names and contact information of at least three (3) references (not relatives) that have knowledge of your job skills, experience, ability and/or character.
  • Application materials are the property of Mendocino County and will not be returned.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your NEOGOV profile updated, including any changes to your telephone number or address. Failure to do so may result in missed notification of exams or interviews.
  • The exam process listed on this flyer is tentative. Mendocino County reserves the right to make necessary modifications to the examination plan. Such revisions will be in accordance with approved personnel standards.  Should a change be made, applicants will be notified.
  • The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

Examination Process: All complete applications will be reviewed; incomplete applications will not be considered. Based on the number of qualified candidates, applicants meeting the job requirements and qualifications will be invited to participate in an oral examination (weight 100) or an unassembled exam, consisting of an evaluation of education and experience as stated on the application form. The examination process will test the knowledge and abilities described above. A minimum score of 70 must be attained for placement on the employment list.

Special Testing: If you require special testing arrangements to accommodate a disability or religious conviction you must contact Human Resources at 707.234.6600 prior to the test date to make your requirements known.  You must provide enough advance notice to allow Human Resources to properly review and evaluate your request.


Special Requirements: Employment in some County departments or positions may require the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background, which may include fingerprinting, and/or a medical examination, which may include drug screening.

This announcement is a synopsis of duties and requirements of this job. To review the complete classification specification and benefits, please see the HR website. Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Department by the final filing date.

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