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Job Title: Legal Support Receptionist

Open Date:  7/9/2020

Closing Date: 9/8/2020

Weekly Hours: 30 -32 hours weekly

Benefits:  Health/Dental/Vision, Paid Time Off

To Apply:  Submit cover letter and resume to dnash@ocalynchburg.com

SUMMARY

The Legal Support Receptionist will provide clerical staff support and basic technical assistance within the Lynchburg Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney under the direct supervision of the Legal Assistant Supervisor. This position involves specialized clerical work requiring basic skills in data entry, filing, legal document processing, and customer assistance.  The Legal Support Receptionist helps to enhance prosecution effectiveness and case proceedings by preparing case files, obtaining and organizing police reports and evidence, inputting and updating time sensitive information into the file database and case management system, and providing customer assistance.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Answers and directs all calls from court personnel, defense counsel, and victims/witnesses and routes them to the assigned attorney;
  • Provides assistance at the front window; directing visitors to the proper person to handle their request;
  • Runs VCINS/DMVS as needed and appropriate;
  • Prepares new subpoena requests in a timely manner and logs all subpoena returns;
  • Verify all final Circuit Court Orders; referring any discrepancies to appropriate attorney and filing upon completion;
  • Operates a variety of office machines;
  • Updates attorneys’ calendars and case files;
  • Files materials alphabetically and numerically;
  • Performs general case updates in office case management system;
  • Accurately transfers pertinent information from case files to case management system;
  • Effectively communicates with court personnel and other City agencies; and,
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Experience: High school diploma or GED and experience in clerical work, including proficiency in Word and Microsoft, applications is required. Basic knowledge of legal terminology and processes and knowledge of the criminal justice system is highly desirable but not required.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Ability to type 40 words per minute without spelling, grammatical, or typographical errors; correctly routes correspondence; accurately proofreads typewritten and printed materials; accurately maintains records and files; effectively and diplomatically communicates orally with other employees and the general public; ability to transfer handwritten information from case files to computerized case management system accurately.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Work is performed in a normal office environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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Job Title: Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

Open Date: 07/13/2020

Close Date: Open Until Filled

FSLA Status: FT/Exempt

Salary:  Commensurate with experience - Starting $56,697

Benefits: Health/Dental/Vision, Virginia Retirement system, Hybrid Paid Time Off

To Apply:  Please email cover letter, resume, proof of active Virginia State Bar status, and references to:  dnash@ocalynchburg.com

SUMMARY

The Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney (ACA) will be assigned a combination of cases to include misdemeanor offense in the General District Court level and less serious felony cases at the Circuit Court level. Depending on level of experience, assignments generally include the prosecution of misdemeanor cases in General District Court (DUI, traffic offenses, and simple drug possession), and the prosecution of less serious felony cases to include non-violent crimes (property crimes, petit and grand larceny, forgery and uttering, etc.).  The ACA will prepare and prosecute misdemeanor cases, conduct legal research and argument for hearings, compose appellate briefs, advise local law enforcement agencies, and work closely with victim/witness advocates.  Due to the high caseload, the attorney must be organized, work efficiently, be flexible, and be able to think in his or her feet in busy and time-pressured situations.  As experience, knowledge, and skills are obtained and developed, the ACA will be exposed to increasing responsibility, including more difficult and complex cases.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepares cases for prosecution, presenting the Commonwealth’s case through the questioning of witnesses and the introduction of relevant exhibits; argues motions, objections, and sentences related to assigned cases
  • Conducts conferences with members of the defense bar to provide discovery in assigned cases
  • Reviews case files to determine necessary witnesses for trials and hearings, assuring that all required witnesses are subpoenaed to appear as required
  • Conducts preliminary hearings on felony matters, reviewing cases for presentation to the Grand Jury for indictment
  • Proposes plea agreements with specific terms and conditions of sentencing appropriate to the assigned case (subject to approval of supervisor)
  • Conducts bond hearings for incarcerated defendants, making recommendations regarding bonds to the Court in misdemeanor and felony matters
  • Assists other attorneys in conducting legal research and preparing legal briefs and memoranda
  • Maintains accurate files, documents in writing all actions related to a case and providing sufficient justification to support these actions
  • Records disposition and status of all cases so that administrative personnel may enter data into the case management system in a timely and accurate manner
  • Works on special projects as assigned to include participation in community engagement events
  • Perform any other responsibilities or special assignments as designated by the Commonwealth’s Attorney

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Graduation from a law school of recognized standing with a J.D. Eligibility to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia with proof of membership in the Virginia Bar in Active Status.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Basic knowledge of the law of evidence and criminal procedure, Virginia common law, Virginia statutes, and appellate law related to criminal prosecution; knowledge of the principles and techniques of preparing for and prosecuting cases; skill in conducting legal research; ability to prepare cases for prosecution with guidance; ability to present cases through the questioning of witnesses and introduction of relevant evidence; ability to argue motions, objections, and sentences; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with judges, attorneys, law enforcement officials, witnesses, and members of the general public.

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS

Juris Doctorate Degree, licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, active membership with the Virginia State Bar, and must possess satisfactory results of a criminal background check.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. The majority of work for this position is performed in a normal office environment, with frequent appearances in a courtroom setting.