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Agency: State Courts System
Working Title: TRIAL COURT STAFF ATTORNEY - 22008653
Salary: $4,077.10 - 7,388.79 (Monthly) ** $3,669.39 monthly
prior to Florida Bar Admission
Posting Closing Date: 02/26/2021
Summary: The essential function of the position
within the organization is to assist the judiciary with case
management, pending litigation and issues, and/or process criminal
and civil appeals. The position is responsible for drafting
memoranda, opinions, orders and reports; conducting legal research;
reviewing briefs and case files; and advising judges on pending
litigation and issues. The position works under general supervision
of the Senior Attorney I.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
NOTE: The following duties are illustrative and
not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does
not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related,
or a logical assignment to the position.
- Reviews files, evidence, depositions, pleadings, motions, legal
briefs, and memoranda of law, proposed orders and other related
documentation in order to advise judges in a variety of legal
- Conducts legal research of substantive and procedural legal
matters, and drafts/prepares legal documents, such as opinions,
judgments, post-conviction orders, memoranda or orders concerning
- Review motions for post-conviction relief brought pursuant to
Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure Section 3.850;
- Research the application and interpretation of the Florida
Rules of Judicial Administration.
- Perform research on specific questions of law as presented by
judges sitting in the circuit civil, criminal, family, and probate
divisions, and the county civil, criminal, and small claims
- Perform other related duties as required;
- Drafts proposed orders for motions filed in and issues arising
during death penalty cases;
- Provides immediate legal research and recommendations required
by judges conducting court sessions;
- Attends staff meetings to exchange information; attends
technical or professional workshops, seminars or conferences to
improve professional skills; attends hearings as required;
- Assists the circuit court appellate division by drafting bench
briefs and/or appellate opinions.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no
Qualifications: To perform this job
successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential
duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are
representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability requires.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Refers to information, knowledge, and conceptions obtained by
observation, investigation, interpretation, visualization, and
mental creation. Data are intangible and include numbers, words,
symbols, ideas, concepts, and oral verbalizations.
Synthesizes or integrates analysis of data or information to
discover facts or develop knowledge or interpretations; modifies
policies, procedures, or methodologies based on findings.
Conducts research to discover new methodologies or to find
solutions for unresolved problems.
Refers to individuals who have contact with or are influenced by
Counsels, instructs or trains others through explanation,
demonstration, and supervised practice, or by making
recommendations on the basis of technical disciplines.
Assets Responsibility: Refers to the
responsibility for achieving economies or preventing loss within
Requires minimum responsibility for only small quantities of low
cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies
or preventing loss are negligible.
Mathematical Requirements: Deals with
quantities, magnitudes, and forms and their relationships and
attributes by the use of numbers and symbols.
Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may
compute ratios, rates, and percents.
Communications Requirements: Involves the
ability to read, write, and speak.
Reads and interprets advanced professional materials; writes
complex reports and papers; speaks to high level professional
Complexity of Work: Addresses the analysis,
initiative, ingenuity, creativity, and concentration required by
the position and the presence of any unusual pressures.
Performs work involving the application of principles of logical
thinking and legal practice to diagnose or define problems, collect
data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or
organization impact; requires sustained, intense concentration for
accurate results and continuous exposure to unusual pressure.
Impact of Decisions: Refers to consequences
such as damage to property, loss of data or property, exposure of
the organization to legal liability, or injury or death to
Makes decisions with moderate impact, may affect those in
organization and general public.
Equipment Usage: Refers to inanimate objects
such as substances, materials, machines, tools, equipment, work
aids, or products. A thing is tangible and has shape, form, and
other physical characteristics.
Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving some
latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in
selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or
software programs, such as word processing.
Education and Training Guidelines: Graduation
from an accredited law school and membership in the Florida Bar.
Law School graduates awaiting the Florida Bar results or
anticipating taking the Florida Bar will be expected to attain
membership in the Florida Bar within one year of the date of
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of
legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and
procedures. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex
documents. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or
complaints. Exceptional writing and research skills. Ability to
analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details,
digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
Comprehensive knowledge of legal publications and the ability to
use them efficiently. Ability to reason logically and analytically.
Ability to exercise discretion, maintain confidentiality,
impartiality, and honesty in handling matters before the Court.
Ability to work effectively with others.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Florida
*If awaiting results of membership with the Florida Bar or prior
to taking Florida Bar exam, the salary will be 10% below the
The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.
The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background
In accordance with Section 110.205(2)(c), Florida Statutes,
positions with the Florida State Courts System (judicial branch)
are not covered under the Career Service System. All employees of
the Florida State Courts System are at-will employees and serve at
the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure
Trial Court Staff Attorney Application Packet should
include the following:
- Writing sample
- List of references
- Transcripts (law school and undergraduate)
- State of Florida application
The signed application must be submitted for the position
listing the appropriate class title and position number for which
you are applying.
Submit Applications to:
302 Fleming Street, Ste 3028
Email to: Personnel@keyscourts.net
For additional information and to apply
contact:Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, Office of the Court
Administrator, Human Resources, Cheryl Alfonso; Phone: (305 )
295-3652 or Email Cheryl.email@example.com
The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on
the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or
If you need an accommodation to participate in the
application/selection process, make a request to the contact
indicated for each respective position.
Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the
Florida Relay Services at 711 or 1-800-955-8771.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity
Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate
discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by
the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring
authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735).
Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to
allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All
employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in
accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace
For assistance, call the People First Service Center at (877)
562-7287 Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern time