GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Provides court appointed trial level services within Genesee County courts for adult criminal cases. The Assistant Public Defender (APD) carries a full caseload as determined by the Chief Public Defender (CPD). Under the general direction of CPD, provides indigent defense attorney services support, consultation, and training for less experienced attorneys.
STATEMENT OF TASKS:
Reviews charging documents, police reports, and other discovery as provided by the prosecution;
Promptly meets with clients, and learns the client’s goals for the representation, and any special needs of the client;
Determines what further fact investigation to undertake and directs that investigation, including the identification, consultation, and hiring of applicable experts as approved by the Chief Public Defender;
Determines what legal issues need development, research those issues, and presents them in the appropriate forum;
Negotiates with the prosecution, and promptly advises the client of the status of those negotiations;
Litigates any issues that are necessary and appropriate, including bring cases to trial, handling probation violations, and other hearings as assigned;
Conducts any post-trial litigation necessary, such as sentencing;
Maintains availability to other staff members for consultation and education; participates in training programs; maintains current knowledge of appropriate support functions, including participation in training and mentoring other attorneys as requested by the Chief Public Defender;
Maintains accurate, complete, and legible case files;
Performs other attorney functions as assigned, including show cause hearings, state grand jury proceedings, and other hearings as assigned.