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Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney I

Company: Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Location: Portsmouth
Posted on: February 13, 2019

Job Description:

This is an at-will position which serves at the pleasure of the Commonwealth's Attorney. Prosecutors represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in all criminal matters pending before the Portsmouth Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, the Portsmouth General District Court and the Portsmouth Circuit Court.

Candidates are required to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, as well as a Juris Doctor from an accredited law school. Candidates must be active members in good standing of the Virginia State Bar and possess a license in good standing from the Virginia Supreme Court.

The ideal candidate will, with minimal supervision:

- Effectively prosecute complex criminal cases, including necessary research, witness interview, negotiations with opposing counsel, preparation of jury instruction, and presentation of cases at trial

  • Use tact and discretion in order to establish effective relationships with other judicial agencies, victims, witnesses, and law enforcement officials

    - Adequately document in writing all actions and providing sufficient justification to support recommendations
  • Prepare legal briefs and memoranda of law
  • Prepare cases for trial including interview witnesses
  • Prepare case evaluations
  • Prepare discovery and Bills of Particulars
  • Provide advice to law enforcement officers and County and State officials.

    The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

    - Completion of continuing education courses in criminal law
  • Two years of experience as a criminal prosecutor or in general practice law, or equivalent combination of education and experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Thorough knowledge and use of appropriate trial practice strategies

    - Thorough knowledge of criminal law and procedure
  • Knowledge of legal research methodologies
  • Knowledge of the Code of Professional Responsibility for Attorneys
  • Knowledge and use of principles, practices and procedures of local and State law and Court decisions
  • Knowledge and use of the Virginia Rules of Evidence
  • The ability to speak extemporaneously and persuasively
  • The ability to prepare and present a variety of clear and concise reports
  • The ability to express complex ideas orally and in writing
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective, professional working relationship with co-workers, law enforcement officers, City and State official's agencies and the general public and possess professional telephone etiquette.

    Keywords: Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Portsmouth , Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney I, Legal , Portsmouth, Virginia

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