State of Maryland

ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER III (#005799)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $65,901.00-$105,818.00 Yearly


GRADE

22

NATURE OF WORK

Assistant Public Defender III is the full performance level of trial attorney work in the Office of the Public Defender. Employees in these classifications provide 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 these classifications do not supervise.

Employees in these classifications receive general supervision from an Assistant Public Defender Supervisor or other higher-level attorney. Work is performed at various locations including jails, lock-up facilities, hospitals and courtrooms. Positions in these classifications are evaluated using the Classification Job Evaluation Methodology. The use of this methodology involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

Assistant Public Defenders I, II and III are differentiated based on the degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Assistant Public Defender I learns to perform duties under close supervision. The Assistant Public Defender II performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed. The Assistant Public Defender III performs the full range of duties under general supervision. The Assistant Public Defender III is differentiated from the Assistant Public Defender Supervisor in that the Assistant Public Defender Supervisor has supervisory responsibility for Assistant Public Defenders I, II and III.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

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;

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

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

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; Performs other related duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

Experience: Experience as a practicing attorney.

Notes:

1. An Assistant 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 Criminal Procedure Article, Section 16-203 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 Doctorate or equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.

Experience: Experience as a practicing attorney.

Notes:

1. An Assistant 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 Criminal Procedure Article, Section 16-203 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 Revised

08/01/2014

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 005799; EST: ; REV: 8/1/2014;

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