State of Maryland

ASSISTANT DISTRICT PUBLIC DEFENDER (#005353)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $75,085.00-$120,561.00 Yearly


GRADE

24

NATURE OF WORK

An Assistant District Public Defender is one of two managerial levels of work in a district of the Office of the Public Defender. An employee in this classification functions either 1) in a non-metropolitan district as deputy to a District Public Defender, with responsibility for directing the operation of a satellite office and supervising Assistant Public Defenders I, II and III and Assistant Public Defender Supervisors or 2) in a metropolitan district managing district-wide case operations in the District, Circuit or Juvenile Courts and supervising a team of Assistant Public Defender Supervisors.

An Assistant District Public Defender receives managerial supervision from a District Public Defender or other higher-level attorney. Work may be performed at various locations including jails, lock-up facilities, hospitals and courtrooms.

The Assistant District Public Defender differs from the Assistant Public Defender Supervisor in that the Assistant District Public Defender supervises Assistant Public Defender Supervisors. In addition, the Assistant District Public Defender functions as a deputy to the District Public Defender and as the head of a satellite district office in a non-metropolitan district or directs case operations on a metropolitan district-wide basis while the Assistant Public Defender Supervisor has neither of these responsibilities. The Assistant District Public Defender differs from the District public Defender and the District Public Defender Metropolitan in that these employees are responsible for the entire operation of a district, while the Assistant District public Defender serves as deputy to the District Public Defender or is responsible for part of the operation of a district’s program.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

When assigned to a non-metropolitan district, directs the operations of one office in the district and serves as deputy to the District Public Defender;

When assigned to a metropolitan district, directs district-wide case operations in the District, Circuit and Juvenile Courts and supervises Assistant Public Defender Supervisors;

Meets with Assistant Public Defenders and panel attorneys to discuss problems and improvements concerning client defense strategies, investigation methods or eligibility procedures;

Periodically reviews case documentation to ensure client defense strategy is proper and sound; Develops, implements and interprets district procedures;

Represents clients of the Office of Public Defender in selected cases;

Monitors a budget and use of expenditures for legal services and fees and panel attorney expenses;

Meets with judges regarding attorneys, schedules, complaints, causes for delay or other case problems;

Performs other related duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.

Experience: Experience as a practicing attorney.

Notes:

1. An Assistant District Public Defender must be a member of the Maryland Bar at the time of appointment.

2. The above requirements are set by the Office of the Public Defender in accordance with Article 27A, Section 3(b) of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in general attorney classification or general attorney specialty codes in the legal and kindred group field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education. 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Education: Possession of a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.

Experience: Experience as a practicing attorney.

Notes:

1. An Assistant District Public Defender must be a member of the Maryland Bar at the time of appointment.

2. The above requirements are set by the Office of the Public Defender in accordance with Article 27A, Section 3(b) of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

Oct 1 1996 12:00AM

Date Revised

08/01/2014

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 005353; EST: 10/1/1996; REV: 8/1/2014;

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