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Douglas County Seeks 2 Deputy Public Defenders
April 26, 2022 | Alison Pagan

The Deputy Public Defender primarily practices in Superior Court and may practice in District Court, plans,
organizes, and coordinates the representation and defense of indigent clients in criminal cases for the
County, with minimal supervision. Prepares and tries felony and misdemeanor cases. Position exercises
a high level of independent judgement, and is an “At Will” position.

 Manages a full Superior Court caseload, largely centered around therapeutic courts, Involuntary
Treatment Court, and the Uniform Guardianship Act. May also be called upon to handle juvenile
conflict cases, dependency child representation cases, or felony “B” and “C” cases. May also be
called to handle District Court cases.
 Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial, and post-trial hearings and/or plea bargains with the Deputy
Prosecuting Attorney.
 Interviews defendants as assigned to determine the facts of the case. Reviews police and other
reports to evaluate each case against the state of the law to determine relative strengths and
weaknesses, to prepare for plea negotiations, development of case strategy, and trial preparation.
 Assists other attorneys in matters of trial strategy, tactics, and legal research and analysis.
 Handles miscellaneous court hearings, including, but not limited to: preliminary appearance
calendars, arraignment calendars, non-compliance calendars, ability to substitute in Drug Court
hearings, Juvenile Court, and District Court when necessary.
 Maintains membership in good standing in the Washington State Bar Association and complies
with all relevant standards for representing indigent defendants in accordance with the Washington
State Supreme Court and Douglas County.
 Reviews police reports, interviews witnesses, and works with the court and deputy prosecutors to
resolve cases as appropriate.
 Performs a variety of legal office work, prepares appropriate legal pleadings, and does necessary
 Maintains accurate and complete statistical information to be used for future needs and projections.
 Appropriately utilizes non-attorney professional services.
 Provides limited back-up defense coverage for District, and Juvenile Courts and is knowledgeable
of District Court rules and procedures.
 Performs other duties as assigned by the Public Defender Administrator.
 Position requires the applicant to meet the Washington State Indigent Defense Standards for
defending Class B and C Felonies.
 Maintain appropriate level of confidentiality on all matters.

For more information, including how to apply, click here.