The Public Defender plans, organizes, directs and
participates in the legal counseling and representation of indigent persons accused of violations of criminal law.
The duties of the Public Defender include, but are not
Oversee and participate in the investigation and
preparation of legal defense in the cases in which the
Public Defender has been appointed counsel.
Establish and apply policies and procedures related to the County’s public defense program; remain
abreast of changes in statutory and decisional law
and ensure conformance with same.
Select, assign, motivate and evaluate personnel;
ensure staff participation in professional and County
sponsored training programs.
Consult with subordinate legal staff on the conduct of cases in progress and provide advice and
assistance as necessary; review case files and observe the performance of deputy public defenders in
Prepare trial briefs, review questions of law, and
anticipate legal reasoning of prosecutors.
Appear in court and try cases, presenting evidence and conferring with the judge or prosecution
regarding modification, withdrawal, or changing of
charges; present opening statements, interrogate and
cross-examine witnesses, argue points of law, and
make final arguments or summations.
Confer and direct staff regarding file maintenance and workload data consistent with the requirements of a modern public law office.
Direct the preparation of the department budget;
administer the approved budget, control expenditures, and coordinate financial and budget matters
with the County Administrative Officer.
Perform other duties as assigned.
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