County Court Deputy District Attorney – Student Practice Act

Legal @Colorado 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office
  • Post Date : April 25, 2022
  • Salary: $48,525.12 - $59,801.45 / Annual
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  • Job ID 8723

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Salary Range:  $48,525.12/year to $59,801.45/year.  Starting salary dependent on experience.


This job classification only applies to persons who are awaiting bar results, and who are eligible to practice under the Student Practices Act.  Employment will terminate upon failing the bar exam. If the employee passes the bar exam, the position will convert to the position of County Court Deputy District Attorney. Nothing in this should be construed as creating an employment contract.  All Mesa County employment is at-will.

Participates in the legal process involving criminal and civil law violations.  Drafts and responds to legal motions; researches legal issues; analyzes cases; prepares and presents witnesses at preliminary hearings.    Researches and prepares appellate briefs for the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.


(The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. Mesa County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time. All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)

Prosecute and handle a caseload of county court criminal cases.  Drafts/responds to legal motions; researches legal issues; analyzes cases; prepares and presents witnesses at motions hearings and trials to the court and jury.

Meets with judges, law enforcement, probation, and the general public to identify and, where possible, resolve judicial system problems.

Receives from law enforcement reports, filings, search warrants, arrest warrants, and affidavits and reviews.

Consults with law enforcement regarding reports and additional follow up.

Prepare for and litigate various motions.

Discuss plea bargains with opposing counsel.

Drafts complaints for filing with the court.

Files complaints with court and approve bond modifications.

Consults with victims regarding case filings and subsequent prosecution.  Ensures that victims are properly notified of court hearings, and that their input is solicited on case dispositions pursuant to the Victims Rights Act.

File documents; prepare for trial; prepare witnesses and exhibits; try cases; and attend sentence hearings.

Prepare and try adult criminal and juvenile delinquency cases.

Maintain professional competence and training by attending related ongoing continuing education opportunities.

Oral and written communications must be clear and effective.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Perform within the authorized practice of the Student Practices Act.

Demonstrate professionalism, composure, and appropriate interpersonal skills during performance of tasks, duties and responsibilities that take place in this adversarial system.  This adversarial system includes contentious dealings (in person, by phone, electronically, or by written correspondence) with opposing counsel, upset individuals that may be defendants, victims, witnesses, law enforcement, or other members of the public, often resulting in mental and physical stresses.

Demonstrate professionalism, composure, and appropriate interpersonal skills in reviewing and/or discussing information pertaining to criminal cases.  These criminal cases require frequent exposure to assaults and murders, including, but not limited to, physical assaults, verbal abuse, sexual assaults (upon adults and children), and child abuse. The discovery in the cases will also require frequent exposure to gruesome, disturbing, and/or sexually explicit photographs, images and recordings.


Education and Experience:

Juris Doctorate.  Related professional experience desired.

Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job.

Licenses and Certifications:

Must have taken the bar exam and be currently awaiting the results.  Has never previously failed the bar exam.

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