State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $83,816.00-$134,568.00 Yearly




An Assistant Public Defender V is the managerial level of trial attorney work at headquarters or in a district of the Office of the Public Defender. Employees in this classification supervise Assistant Public Defenders I, II III, and Supervisor engaged in providing eligible persons with legal counsel and services for criminal, juvenile, involuntary commitment and Children in Need of Assistance proceedings before the courts of the State.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from an Assistant District Public Defender or other higher-level attorney.

Work is performed at various locations including jails, lock-up facilities, hospitals and courtrooms.


Supervises lower-level Assistant Public Defenders;

Trains and directs Assistant Public Defenders in preparing cases and managing clients;

Reviews case files in order to determine the nature of the charges, and the factual and legal issues involved, and to plan defense strategies;

Represents Office of the Public Defender clients in all aspects of criminal, juvenile, involuntary commitment and Children in Need of Assistance proceedings before the courts of the State;

Engages in plea negotiations with Assistant State’s Attorneys and other opposing counsel and attends conferences with the court in an attempt to resolve issues before trial;

Counsels and advises clients regarding theories of possible defense, trial factors and procedures, rights, alternatives to incarceration, rehabilitation services, appeal rights and procedures and other matters of law;

May prepare and conduct seminars and formal training for other attorneys;

May coordinate panel attorney services in cases where there is conflict of interest;

Performs other related duties.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


A Class Description provides information about the Nature of Work, Examples of Work and General Requirements for a classification in the Management Service or a classification in the Skilled or Professional Service in which all positions have been designated Special Appointments.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; Minimum Education and Experience Requirements; Special Requirements; and recruitment and testing procedures are set by the using agency.

Class descriptions broadly define groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Established

Mar 1 2012 12:00AM

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 005118; EST: 3/1/2012; REV: ;

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