Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney I – Special Victim’s Unit

Position: Assistant District Attorney I –  Special Victim’s Unit
Job ID: 4337
Department: District Attorney
Reports to: First Deputy District Attorney

Job Summary:

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is seeking persons with 1-2 years of experience and interested in prosecuting crimes in our Special Victims Unit to include child abuse and domestic violence prosecutions. Pay is commensurate with experience. Our Special Victims Unit attorneys prosecutes sexual assaults, crimes against young children and domestic violence cases. Members of this unit strive to seek justice for society’s most vulnerable victims. An attorney in this unit becomes involved with police and a victim / witness advocate at the earliest stages of an investigation. Their prior approval is required before certain charges may be filed. These attorneys will then follow that case through the court system.

Responsible for the prosecution of a wide array of criminal offenses and handles all phases of a prosecution from pre-investigation through post-sentence appeals.  It is the duty of an Assistant District Attorney to seek justice. In doing so, an Assistant District Attorney is responsible for evaluating cases, taking into consideration resources, strength of the evidence, severity of the crime, any impact on victims and the community and policy considerations. Compensation is subject to collective bargaining.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Conduct Preliminary Hearing blocks.
  • Screen assigned cases for discovery, plea offer, pretrial litigation, and trial presentation.
  • Conduct pretrial hearings, jury and bench trials, juvenile hearings and posttrial hearings.
  • Conduct summary conviction appeals, current business sessions, guilty pleas, and bench warrants.
  • Prepare pretrial, post-trial and appellate briefs and memoranda of law.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Juris Doctorate degree
  • Licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of PA
  • Successfully meet the requirements of the criminal history background check.
  • Compliance with the County’s “authorized” driver guidelines.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Must possess analytical abilities, communication skills, a working knowledge of the criminal justice system as well as an understanding of the current state of the law, Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Rules of Criminal Procedure and possess a presence in the courtroom.

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