Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

DCJ Deputy Assistant State's Attorney

Recruitment #210107-2609DP-001

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all criminal matters in the State of Connecticut. It is an independent agency of the executive branch of state government, established under the Constitution of the State of Connecticut. The Division of Criminal Justice is composed of the Office of the Chief State's Attorney, located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, and the Offices of the State's Attorneys for each of the thirteen Judicial Districts in the State of Connecticut. 

Within the DCJ, the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney houses various a number of specialized units, including the Appellate Bureau. This DCJ Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney (prosecutor) position is for the Appellate Bureau.

Appellate Bureau prosecutors represent the State of Connecticut in criminal and habeas appeals before the Appellate Court and the Supreme Court. In addition, they perform other assignments requiring research and writing skills. They also provide field support, as required.

We are recruiting for a full-time, forty (40) hours per week, DCJ Deputy Assistant State's Attorney. The position is located at the Office of the Chief State's Attorney in Rocky Hill, CT, with core hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Minimum qualifications require membership in the Connecticut Bar and residency in the State of Connecticut.  

NOTE:  The incumbent will be required to complete a background check.

Selection Plan

Individuals invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include: writing samples, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

All communication with applicants will be through the JobAps system, so applicants are encouraged to check for updates to their JobAps portal account.  Please ensure that you are utilizing the correct email address for notices to be sent to you from the JobAps system.  Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.

Questions about this position should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: DCJ.HR@ct.gov, 860-258-5800.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

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.

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; may prepare appellate material for submission to Chief State's Attorney's Office after conviction; reviews applications for arrest warrants and - upon approval - signs and presents to presiding judge for final review and signature; may review applications for search and seizure warrants; 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; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of criminal law and legal process, legal principles and practice; knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply relevant State and federal criminal law; knowledge of the statutory authority, operation and administration of the Division of Criminal Justice; considerable interpersonal skill; considerable negotiating skill, considerable trial and counseling skills; considerable oral and written communication skill; 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

Membership in the Connecticut Bar and residency in the State of Connecticut.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to applicants with the following experience and training:

  • Law review, judicial clerkship or equivalent legal writing experience;
  • Oral advocacy experience;
  • The ability to work both independently and cooperatively with other attorneys;
  • The ability to engage in peer review by editing written work and participating in moot court arguments;
  • Superior technical skills including online legal research;
  • Experience handling appeals.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.