Placer County

Deputy District Attorney - Supervising (#19875)

$72.24-$90.21 Hourly / $12,521.60-$15,636.40 Monthly / $150,259.20-$187,636.80 Yearly



To plan, organize, direct and supervise a group of attorneys either in a regional office or in a functional area such as Superior or Municipal Court within the District Attorney's office; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The Supervisor level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning and evaluating the work of subordinates and are responsible for a program area within a work unit or department.


Receives general direction from the Managing Attorney or the Assistant District Attorney.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional, technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of Unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for attorneys; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in researching and prosecuting cases in all courts within the County.
  • Evaluate assigned operations and activities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Assist legal staff in evaluating the various stages of prosecution including:  upon receipt of complaints, review and examine physical and testimonial evidence; interrogate witnesses; investigate and determine whether or not a crime has been committed, the nature of the crime and whether or not evidence justifies prosecution of the crime; assist subordinates in determinations as to prosecutions; conduct preliminary hearings on misdemeanor and felony cases; present evidence; interrogate witnesses; and confer with the judge and the defense attorney regarding charges.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for expenditure needs of assigned unit; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • On an occasional basis, try cases in the Superior and Municipal Court; prepare trial briefs; check questions of law; draft jury instructions; present opening statements; interrogate and cross-examine witnesses as needed; argue points of law; anticipate the reasoning of defense attorneys; make final arguments and summations.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in the practice of law with substantial criminal prosecution experience including a minimum of one year of lead experience.  At least three years of the total required experience must have been with a District Attorney's office.

Training: Active membership in the California State Bar.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Active membership in the California State Bar.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • California criminal law and procedures; California code of evidence and judicial rules.
  • Public sector law, California and federal statutory and constitutional law, civil and appellate procedures and County ordinances and regulations.
  • Law enforcement and investigative techniques.
  • Principles and practices of criminal law, trial and hearing procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles of budget monitoring.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct the operations and activities of a professional staff of attorneys.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze a case and determine the law's application; identify and interpret the applicable law or statute; know all case precedents; observe juries and witnesses; problem solve situations that arise in cases; remember and understand case law and statutes; and explain case status to the public as required.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone; and communicate through written means.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and Office policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Implement a participatory management program throughout Department and motivate staff.
  • Work under time constraints and exacting professional and legal standards.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 19875; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 12/1/2000;