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PUBLIC DEFENDER INVESTIGATOR III

Recruitment #13-003452-001

Introduction

 

The Office of the Public Defender is a statewide agency charged with providing superior legal representation for indigent defendants.  The agency’s vision is Justice, Fairness and Dignity for All.  Employees are committed to the core values of culture of excellence, client centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and are united in achieving the agency’s mission.

The Office of the Public Defender is recruiting to fill Public Defender Investigator III vacancies in its Queen Anne's County and Talbot County offices.  Please make sure to identify on your application what areas you would be willing to consider employment in.

 Public Defender Investigators conduct investigations to develop and gather information for assistant public defenders to assist with preparation of cases and defense strategy for defendants charged with criminal offenses.  Investigators locate and interview witnesses, take statements and compose written reports of witness statements and other impressions gathered during the interview.  Investigators may also visit crime scenes to make drawings, take measurements and photograph the area.   Defendants are interviewed in office, jail, detention center, prison, hospital and court settings to obtain personal, background and financial information in order to determine eligibility for Public Defender services.  Testimony before the courts to provide information for assistant public defenders may be required.  Travel between offices, to visit clients and witnesses and testifying in court is required. 

GRADE

12

LOCATION OF POSITION

Positions are available in the following locations:

Queen Anne's County - Centreville

Talbot County - Easton

 

 

Main Purpose of Job

This position conducts investigations to develop and gather information for assistant public defenders to assist with preparation of cases and defense strategy.  This position interviews defendants in office, jail, detention center, prison, hospital and court settings charged with criminal offenses, obtains background and financial information in order to determine eligibility for Public Defender services.  Incumbent will prepare case files with relevant client information, administrative and legal documents to aid attorneys in the representation of the client.

MINIMUM EDUCATION OR GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: One year of experience investigating alleged criminal offenses for the purpose of developing and documenting factual information to be used in criminal trials or one year of experience interviewing patients for the purpose of obtaining and documenting factual information concerning medical history or any combination of these types of experience equaling one year.

Notes:

1. Additional experience developing and documenting factual information for use in legal proceedings or experience interviewing persons for the purpose of determining eligibility for legal assistance programs may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Thirty semester credit hours, including 12 hours in mental health or medical disciplines or 12 hours in criminology or law enforcement may be substituted for the required experience.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be admitted to the examination for this classification.  Successful candidates will be ranked as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED OR QUALIFIED and placed on the employment (eligibile) list for at least one year.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application.  Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Report all experience and education that is related to this position.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications preferred.  Please fax all paper applications and questionnaires to 410-333-8134. Inquiries regarding applications and submitting paper applications can be directed to:  Office of the Public Defender, Human Resources Division, 6 Saint Paul Street, Suite 1400, Baltimore, MD 21202 or by calling 410-767-8501, toll free: 877-430-5187; TTY users call Maryland Relay Service at 800-735-2258.  Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.

A paper copy of the MD State application form and questionnaire can be downloaded from the link below.  As an equal opportunity employer the Maryland Office of the Public Defender is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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