This position is responsible for investigating cases that may appear for trial in the courts of Rockdale County. Employees in this class assist attorneys with cases prior to and during the trial to include locating/interviewing witnesses, victims; and locating, obtaining and reviewing evidence. Work is performed in accordance with Federal, State and County ordinances, statutes and regulations and departmental policies and procedures governing law enforcement actions, including court procedures. The Public Defender assigns work in terms of general instructions. Completed work is spot-checked for accuracy and the nature and propriety of the final results.
: These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.
Makes regular visits to Rockdale County Jail to interview potential clients and completes forms to determine if individuals qualify for Public Defender services.
Gathers background information on clients.
Conducts investigations and follow-up investigations of civil and criminal cases; summarizes/reviews case files; writes reports; coordinates with local law enforcement agencies; locates and interviews witnesses and prepares statements and reports.
Assists clients/witnesses during the trial process; assists in pre-trial preparations; assists attorneys during hearings and trials.
Serves subpoenas on those required to testify or submit evidence before the court; coordinates witness court appearances, transports clients and witnesses to court.
Secures confidential and sensitive reports, statements, and other restricted records and documents relating to criminal matters from appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Receives evidence and processes it according to established procedures.
Provides testimony in court to support investigations.
Read and respond to moderate to high volume of inmate mail on daily basis.
Employees in this classification may be expected to perform any related duties as required by the Public Defender or his/her assistants.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of Georgia civil and criminal law, statutes, and codes, law enforcement procedures, and the criminal justice system.
Knowledge of legal procedures and rules of evidence.
Knowledge of methods, principles, standards, and techniques of investigation and interviewing.
Must possess excellent communication skills both oral and written.
Must possess basic computer skills and knowledge of computer applications.
Skill in operating modern office and investigative equipment including still and video cameras, and audio/video recording equipment.
Ability to interpret and apply provisions of pertinent laws, statutes, codes, and regulations.
Ability to give clear, concise and accurate information.
Ability to use discretion in handling confidential information.
Ability to conduct research and write clear concise reports.
Ability to hear, speak and see in order to communicate clearly with clients, personnel of the courts, law enforcement and the general public and to perform other job-related tasks.
Ability to interact with personnel of the courts, law enforcement, and the general public in a positive, professional manner using tact and judgment; exhibiting excellent communication skills.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Ability to climb, bend, twist, reach, crawl, and kneel; to sit for prolonged periods of time; and to move, push, pull or lift light objects.
Assures County Vehicle provided is properly maintained.
Work is performed in an office environment and at various locations including the Rockdale County Jail.
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Valid State of Georgia Driver’s License
- Minimum age requirement: 21 years of age.
- Training and/or experience in criminal investigations or law enforcement.
Knowledge of Georgia Criminal Law and Procedure