Deputy Public Defender II/III/IV

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $90,022.40 - $172,993.60 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job

Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received.

The Office of the Public Defender is recruiting for Deputy Public Defenders II/III/IV. These positions offer an exciting opportunity for a challenging career in criminal trial work. Incumbents represent indigent defendants and provide skilled legal counsel and courtroom advocacy at all critical phases of state level criminal and civil commitment litigation.

Public Defenders conduct legal research, prepare and argue motions, writs, briefs and opinions; interview and counsel clients; participate in developing effective investigation plans for clients; negotiate with opposing counsel; and prepare and conduct trials.

We are also currently recruiting for Deputy Public Defender I ; a separate application is required for the Deputy Public Defender I level.

Spanish-English Bilingual Candidates are encouraged to apply and may receive additional compensation for bilingual skills.

Initial Appointment

Your application will be reviewed for eligibility for the Deputy Public Defender II, III, and IV levels. Job offers for the initial appointment may be made at any level based on qualifications and department needs. It is to your advantage to be explicit with your work history on your application. Be sure to indicate your level of interest on the supplemental questionnaire.

*Please Note: Salary posted is the range for the series. Please see job description and salary for each level below:

Deputy Public Defender II
$ 90,022 - $103,500 Annually

Deputy Public Defender III
$100,526 - $115,939 Annually

Deputy Public Defender IV
$122,699 - $172,993 Annually


Assignment: Assignments may be made at any location throughout the County depending on the needs of the department.

Travel: Travel throughout the County is required and employees may be required to make provisions for transportation. At the time of hire, applicants must have a valid California Class C driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance.

Background: Applicants must successfully pass a background investigation, including fingerprinting, prior to appointment

State Bar: Those hired must be active members in good standing with the State Bar of California. This status must be maintained in order to remain employed in this classification.

Minimum Requirements

License: Active membership and in good standing with the State Bar of California.



Deputy Public Defender II:
Two (2) years of criminal trial experience as an attorney.

Deputy Public Defender III: Three (3) years of criminal trial experience as an attorney.

Deputy Public Defender IV: Five (5) years of criminal trial experience as an attorney.

Desired Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have performed community service and volunteered time working with indigent defendants and family members. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

Competitive Evaluation : There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on the application materials.

Application Procedure : Please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire to be considered. A p plications are currently being accepted until a sufficient number have been received; recruitment may close at any time without notice. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaire.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete and submit your application before the posted filing deadline. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the posted deadline. Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records. Please note, if you do not receive an onscreen confirmation and an email acknowledging our receipt of your application we have not received your application.

All communications regarding the selection process will be via email. Applicants are encouraged to check their e-mail frequently to learn additional information regarding this recruitment. Check your GovernmentJobs account for notifications. Update your firewalls to allow e-mails from San Bernardino County through Update your Spam, Junk, and Bulk settings to ensure it will not spam/block/filter communications from email addresses with the following domain "". Finally, be sure to keep your personal information updated. Taking these steps now will help ensure you receive all communications regarding this recruitment.

EEO/ADA: San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.

ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

Veterans' Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans' Preference points. Click here for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

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Closing Date/Time:

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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