This is an at-will position which serves at the pleasure of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Prosecuting attorney represents the Commonwealth of Virginia in all criminal matters pending before the Portsmouth Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, the Portsmouth General District Court and the Portsmouth Circuit Court.
With minimal supervision: Effectively prosecute complex criminal cases, including necessary research, witness interview, negotiations with opposing counsel, preparation of jury instruction, and presentation of cases at trial.
Uses tact and discretion in order to establish effective relationships with other judicial agencies, victims, witnesses, and law enforcement officials, adequately documenting in writing all actions and providing sufficient justification to support recommendations are as follows:
Prepare legal briefs and memoranda of law,
Prepare cases for trial including interview witnesses,
Prepare case evaluations,
Prepare discover and Bill of Particulars.
Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Graduation from an accredited law school
Active Membership in good standing in the Virginia State Bar and a license in good standing from the Virginia Supreme Court. Completion of continuing education courses in all categories of criminal law.
Two years of experience as a criminal prosecutor or in general practice law, or equivalent combination of education and experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Thorough knowledge and use of the principles, practices, and procedures of law, particularly criminal law and procedure.
Knowledge of legal research methodology.
Knowledge and use of the Code of Professional Responsibility for Attorneys.
Knowledge and use of principles, practices and procedures of local and State law and Court decisions.
Knowledge of City Ordinances.
Knowledge and use of Rules of Evidence.
Skilled in trial tactics and trial strategy.
Ability to speak extemporaneously and persuasively.
Ability to prepare and present a variety of clear and concise reports.
Ability to express complex ideas orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective, professional working relationships with co-workers, law enforcement officers, City and State official's agencies and the general public and possess professional telephone etiquette.
About Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney's Office
As we announce job availability in the Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in the wake of injustices our nation has experienced for as long as we can recollect, we have considered the true benefit of recruiting a different type of candidate than the typical applicants who apply to our office, those who always envisioned themselves as prosecutors. We find it imperative now that we seek attorneys who are interested in transforming the criminal legal system and who seek to work daily towards a Restorative Justice model of prosecution.
We must acknowledge that our system is working exactly as it was designed to operate and that if we truly wish to serve the public we must think daily about how to actively undo the harm that has been done for so long and prevent it from continuing as we move forward.
For the past five years our office has provided services to the community in a number of different ways. In one of our programs we have engaged with community members who are incarcerated, in prison, to ensure they have the best chances of success upon release. In another program we have worked consistently with young people, both in school and within our office to help th...em envision themselves as the future of our criminal legal system and to keep them on the right track as an additional effort to end the school to prison pipeline. One of our newest programs revolves around the conviction integrity review process. In short, our work must be about accountability and not incarceration. In fact, it is our responsibility to actively seek the end of mass incarceration. That is why it is important for our office that we engage members of our legal community who have not typically thought of themselves as prosecutors, to begin a new era of service in our profession.
We invite you, the fighters for those with no voice, to apply to our office and we assure you that our efforts to seek true Justice will only expand as a result. Please email your resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to apply.