The 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, CT, 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 a number of specialized units, including the Civil Litigation Bureau.
We are recruiting for full-time DCJ Deputy Assistant State's Attorneys (Prosecutors) for the Civil Litigation Bureau, located at the Office of the Chief State's Attorney in Rocky Hill. These positions work Monday through Friday, first shift, based on a 40 hour work week, with core hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Minimum qualifications require membership in the Connecticut Bar.
NOTE: The incumbent will be required to complete a background check and appointment to this position is made by the Criminal Justice Commission.
NOTE: Individuals invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualifications for this position. These documents may include: writing samples, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. Candidates invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation which supports their qualification(s) for these position, such as a resume, 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.
All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DCJ.HR@ct.gov.
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.
Candidates with the following experience are preferred:
- Experience handling habeas corpus proceedings, petitions for new trial, subpoenas duces tecum and depositions, including preparation of pleadings and legal memoranda, argument of motions, and trials;
- Experience with basic criminal procedure and willingness to learn all aspects of prosecution of criminal defendants at the trial level as part of introductory training; experience communicating through electronic media including videoconferencing; willingness to adapt to an electronic case management system;
- Willingness to travel among Judicial Districts to accomplish employment responsibilities;
- Ability to adapt to changes in the court’s schedule.
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.