CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT

2M91
PROSECUTION ASSISTANT 3


GENERAL DEFINITION

This is specialized technical work, at the advanced level, providing staff or advisory assistance to attorneys charged with the prosecution of individuals accused of committing homicide. The employee in this class prepares responses to motions, performs discovery, determines the need for additional information and may subpoena additional records. The employee in this class has responsibility for performing the more complex tasks associated with providing assistance to prosecuting attorneys in the Homicide Unit, and for working in a lead worker capacity. Contacts with attorneys, the judiciary, court personnel and officials, witnesses and the general public are significant aspects of the work. Work is performed under the general supervision of a prosecuting attorney.

ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)

Receives and reviews requests from defense attorneys to attain discovery material relating to homicide cases; determines what is discoverable according to the Rule of Criminal Procedure 305; contacts appropriate laboratories, detectives, etc., to order physical testing of evidence and attain discovery material.

Reviews prosecution trial files, official documents, and computerized records to determine charges, facts and circumstances of arrest, defendant's criminal record, behavior of defendant, and other pertinent information; orders copies of police and F.B.I. reports; evaluates findings and facts of case for applicability in specialty area; advises prosecution attorneys of findings and conclusions; presents petitions to the court; may suggest areas for questioning in court; maintains records of court decisions and dispositions.

Prepares answers to motions filed in court; reviews trial folders to determine probable cause for arrest, defendant informed of constitutional rights, circumstances surrounding the confiscation of evidence or weapons, and conditions under which statements were given; replies to each allegation stated in the motion; submits to prosecution attorney for review.

Maintains a record of cases indicating expiration date, hearings, and dispositions; notifies the prosecution trial attorneys of approaching expiration date; discusses need for preparation of an extension petition; prepares extension petition indicating reasons for previous continuances, reasons for extension request, and length of extension requested; attends and notes disposition of petition hearings.

Discusses with witnesses their availability to appear on scheduled hearing dates, legal procedures, reasons for continuances, and facts of case; discusses with law enforcement officials facts of case, their availability, their opinion of case, and the reliability of witnesses; discusses with court officials or personnel the status of a witness, location of a witness, and previous court actions and dispositions; contacts penal or mental institution officials to determine status of individuals; inquires if individual is incarcerated, if detainers have been filed for present location of individual, and for tentative date of release; informs prosecution attorneys of findings.

Accompanies attorneys to hearings and court appearances to assist in preparing information and to note the status of cases on case folders.

Maintains a variety of reports and statistics; performs legal research using law libraries or computer data banks to find information pertaining to a specific law, cases or court decision; keeps and reports statistical tabulations of the various stages of the legal process.

Performs as a lead worker and assigns work to lower level employees.

Performs related work as required.


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
(The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 9/98)

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.


PAY RANGE: EP17

Class Established:
CSC: 6/98, Ad Board: 9/98

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END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 2M91