Legal Assistant – Justice – CNS

State of Utah

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Legal Assistant – Justice – CNS

The Justice Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office has an immediate opening for an experienced Legal Assistant in the Justice Division, Family Justice Section, Criminal Nonsupport unit.

The successful incumbent works closely with the assigned attorneys and performs legal tasks which would otherwise be performed by an attorney, including legal research, helps draft memoranda of legal research results, conducts factual research, compiles information obtained from investigations under the direction of attorney, answers law-related questions, reviews case files and maintains document control, tracking and tracing; searches public and private records; drafts various routine legal documents which may include a combination of the following: complaints, petitions, answers, motions and supporting memoranda, notices, stipulations, subpoenas, pre and post-trial statements, settlement agreements, discovery documents and request for production of documents, etc. Incumbent may assist in investigations and case preparation to include, gathering evidence and preparing displays for trial; assisting attorneys in locating, obtaining, tracking, and disseminating information and evidence.

The incumbent must possess an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies or a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and should clearly describe their criminal law and jury trial experience in their cover letter.

This position can be filled at any of the following levels:
Legal Assistant I (0-2 years)
Legal Assistant II (3-4 years)
Legal Assistant III (5+ years)


Example of Duties

Writes or drafts correspondence, reports, documents and/or other written materials.
Maintains document control, tracking and tracing; reviews case files and/or digests trial folders etc.
Searches, retrieves and/or researches public and private records in accordance with applicable state and federal laws governing access to these records.
Coordinate with victim services coordinator to keep victims apprised of court hearings and other developments in the case
Prepare trial or hearing materials including designing questionnaires, organizing evidence, preparing trial displays and exhibits, locating, obtaining, tracking, and disseminating information/evidence, etc.
Conducts interviews to gather or clarify information.

Typical Qualifications
(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)

uniform system of citation
legal terminology
court/hearing, criminal and civil rules, records, procedures and protocol
statute governing access to public and private records (Government Records Access and Management Act)
deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact and professionalism
establish, organize and/or maintain files
formats for a variety of legal documents
monitor or track information or data
speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
plan, organize and prioritize time and workload in order to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines
perform legal research using case law and appropriate techniques
use automated software applications
communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
review and/or edit documents for accuracy and completeness
laws, legal codes, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, the democratic process and procedures
organize information in a clear and concise manner
conduct a methodical examination
research methods, techniques and/or sources of information
rules of evidence
interviewing techniques
use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions
find, gather, and collect information or data

Supplemental Information


Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies (program completion at accredited institution consisting of 60 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours, with 15 hours of substantive legal courses); Bachelors Degree in related field; or NALA, NFPA or NALS certifications.
Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
Requires compliance with the ABA Legal Assistant code of ethics.

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