Assistant District Attorney

Columbus Consolidated Government
Full Time $58,905 Per year GA Muscogee County Clerk of Superior Court, Schwob School of Music, 100 E 10th St, Columbus, GA 31901, United States


Major Duties and Responsibilities

This position is responsible for assisting the District Attorney in the administration and work of the office.

  • Assists the District Attorney in the administration and work of the office.
  • Provides advice to law enforcement personnel regarding investigations, the filing of charges, and arrests.
  • Investigates cases; prepares indictments; interrogates witnesses; prepares cases for prosecution.
  • Prosecutes criminal cases in Superior Court for the State of Georgia; assists fellow attorneys in court.
  • Researches and writes appeals for the State of Georgia showing why the appellate court should uphold the case in question.
  • Negotiates and handles guilty pleas with criminal defense attorneys.
  • Manages an assigned caseload of felony cases.
  • Prosecutes probation revocations when probationers are in violation.
  • Defends Habeas Corpus actions.
  • Attends Grand Jury proceedings.
  • Prosecutes cases in Juvenile Court.
  • Meets with and counsels the general public.
  • Reviews expungement applications; approves or denies application.
  • Drafts charging instruments for criminal violations; files instruments or submits the case to the Grand Jury.
  • Arraigns defendants of their charges in recorder's court.
  • Presides over Mental Health Court.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Rules of Evidence and of the Georgia Criminal Code.
  • Knowledge of Georgia Rules of Court.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws.
  • Skill in the research, analysis, and presentation of legal issues.
  • Skill in analyzing and applying law to specific substantive problems.
  • Skill in negotiation and persuasion.
  • Skill in using basic office equipment and computerized legal reference resources.
  • Skill in public and interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.

Minimum Educational and Training Requirements

A Law Degree from a Law School accredited by the American Bar Association is required. Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the department in order to direct and coordinate work within the department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience.  All applicants must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia. All candidates are subject to a background check, a motor vehicle driver's history check and pre-employment drug screening; employment is contingent upon the completion and satisfactory results of each investigation.

Physical Requirements

The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, walking, or stooping.

  • Balancing – maintain equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing, or crouching.
  • Crouching – bending body forward by bending leg, spine.
  • Feeling – perceiving attributes of objects by touch with skin, fingertips.
  • Grasping – applying pressure to object with fingers, palm.
  • Handling – picking, holding, or working with whole hand.
  • Hearing 1 – perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, receive information.
  • Hearing 2 – receive detailed information, make discrimination in sound.
  • Kneeling – bending legs at knee to come to rest at knees.
  • Lifting – raising objects from lower to higher position, moving objects side to side, using upper extremities, back.
  • Manual Dexterity – picking, pinching, typing, working with fingers rather than hand.
  • Mental Acuity – ability to make rational decisions through sound logic, deductive reasoning.
  • Pulling - use upper extremities to exert force, haul or tug.
  • Pushing – use upper extremities to press against objects with force, or thrust forward, downward, outward.
  • Reaching – extending hands or arms in any direction.
  • Repetitive Motion – substantial movements of wrists, hands, fingers.
  • Speaking – expressing ideas with spoken word, convey detailed, important instructions accurately, concisely.
  • Standing – for sustained periods of time.
  • Stooping – bending body downward, forward at waist, with full motion of lower extremities and back.

The work is typically performed in an office or Courtroom.