In the Division of Criminal Justice this class is accountable for receiving training and representing the interests of the state in prosecution of assigned criminal and motor vehicle cases and infractions.
Initially works under the close supervision of a DCJ Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney or other employee of higher grade; works more independently with acquired experience.
May lead staff and others as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Reviews all documentation relative to assigned criminal cases and infractions and directs supplemental or further investigation;
Prepares cases for arraignment, selecting appropriate charges, preparing original statement of facts;
Reviews outstanding defense motions and prepares responses or objections as appropriate;
Interviews witnesses and victims;
Evaluates strengths and weaknesses of case in light of above findings;
Initiates and completes related legal research;
Responsible for plea negotiation with defense attorneys;
Conducts pre-trial conferences;
Conducts jury selection;
Tries cases before juries, three-judge panels, single judge or magistrate;
Reviews applications for arrest warrants and, upon approval, signs and presents to presiding judge for final review and signature;
Maintains liaison with and functions as resource to state and local police;
Advises victims of crimes as to their rights and directs them to the appropriate supportive agencies;
Defends petitions of habeas corpus including preparation of pleadings, argument of motions, and trial of action;
If a member of the Appellate Unit, defends appeals brought by convicted defendants before the Appellate Court and Supreme Court;
May prepare appellate material for submission to Chief State's Attorney's Office after conviction;
May review applications for search and seizure warrants;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
and ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal criminal law;
criminal law and legal process, legal principles and practice;
the statutory authority, operation and administration of the Division of Criminal Justice;
trial and counseling skills;
oral and written communication skills;
Considerable ability to analyze legal problems, present statements of fact, law and argument;
Ability to write legal briefs and supporting documentation.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Deputy Assistant State's Attorney shall, at the time of appointment be an attorney at law with membership in good standing with the Connecticut Bar.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
Any student of an accredited law school who is within five (5) months of graduation from such law school and who is a certified legal intern pursuant to the rules of the Superior Court of the State of Connecticut, shall be considered an Apprentice Prosecutor.
Prior to appointment to the Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney job class, Apprentice Prosecutor’s must be admitted to the Connecticut Bar within one (1) year of graduation from an accredited law school.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
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As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of DCJ Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney in Salary Group DP 01 approved effective December 9, 2022. (Reviewed for content, revised to modernize format, and add Minimum Qualifications – Substitutions Allowed, Appointment and Acknowledgement sections) Final No. 23-287