Attorney (Civil/Criminal) Job at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California

Attorney (Civil/Criminal)

City and County of San Francisco , California

Job Information 


District Attorney

Mid Level


$10,558.00 - $18,495.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Appointment Type:   Permanent-Exempt (PEX) Appointment.  Pursuant to the City & County of San Francisco Charter, Section 10.104.13. Any person occupying a position under exempt appointment shall not be subject to civil service selection, appointment and removal procedures. Exempt employees shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer.

The San Francisco District Attorney's Office is one of the premier law enforcement organizations in the United States.  Our mission is to collaborate with the City’s diverse communities and law enforcement agencies to make San Francisco one of the safest cities in America.  Our office engages in public education and crime prevention efforts while maintaining the traditional role of investigating, charging, and prosecuting all criminal violations occurring within the City and County of San Francisco.  The unparalleled opportunities for challenging, meaningful, and sophisticated work have consistently drawn top candidates to our office over the years.

Assistant District Attorneys’ are given substantial responsibility early in their careers and generally start in the Criminal Division handling various cases.  Opportunities to handle more serious and complex cases are afforded as more experience is gained.  Additionally, unique opportunities are afforded to Assistant District Attorneys who show great interest or possess the specialized experience to work within the Office’s White-Collar Criminal Division.  This Division is comprised of experienced attorneys who prosecute white collar crime such as economic fraud, public corruption, consumer and environmental crimes. Unlike many other prosecution agencies, we prosecute felony cases vertically, meaning that one Assistant District Attorney will handle a case from its arraignment to final disposition, allowing for more meaningful interaction and attention paid to victims and the pursuit of justice.

With the diverse nature of our community, the ability to work with people of different backgrounds is critical in the work we do. The Office of the District Attorney proactively seeks to recruit, retain and promote legal staff that reflect the diversity of the community served.

Essential Functions include but are not limited to:

  •  Tries jury and non-jury criminal cases in the Superior Court; interviews witnesses; conducts and or supervises investigations and writes legal briefs in conjunction with assigned cases and trials. 
  •  Prepares daily court calendar and maintains various records of warrants and citations issued. 
  • Maintains files, including, but not limited to: accurate recording of status of work product, filing of memos on disposition of cases, running law enforcement database checks on criminal backgrounds such as rap sheets, and transporting relevant files and/or file materials to court for appearances. 
  • Receives and investigates complaints from the general public and representatives of the police department to determine the necessity for issuing of citations or warrants; interviews witnesses and issues citations; conducts citation hearings and determines the necessity for issuing warrants.
  • Represents the People of the State of California in person via court appearances and in written petitions, motions, appeals and/or other court documents.  Includes the preparation (word processing/database management) of such court documents. May require being placed in high-stress environment and/or exposure to complex and challenging cases. 
  • Performs research manually and via computer for the purpose of performing all other duties related to the prosecution of criminal cases.
  • May represent the District Attorney to other law enforcement agencies, community based organizations, neighborhood/citizen meetings.
  • Performing related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


License or certificate

Requires membership in the State Bar Association and license to practice in all state courts.

Desired Qualifications:

The candidate should have a comprehensive knowledge of: state and federal and municipal codes, laws and ordinances, particularly as applied to civil and criminal laws; legal processes and techniques of courtroom and jury trial work; administrative techniques and methods, particularly as they relate to the activities of the District Attorney's Office.

The candidate should have the ability to: speak and write effectively in the preparation and presentation of assigned legal cases; exercise considerable judgment and tact in dealing with court officials, juries, law enforcement agencies and other governmental agencies in connection with legal assignments.


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