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The Public Defender Investigator is responsible for locating and obtaining information through witnesses and records and conducting research to assist attorneys in providing legal

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Special Job Requirements:

Frequent in-state and out-of-state travel required.

Typical Functions:

Locates and interviews prosecution and defense witnesses in person and/or by telephone by contacting places of residence and work, family, friends, and other possible sources in order to obtain information relevant to the defense of a client in all phases of criminal trial. Locates and obtains records pertinent to defense cases such as court, medical, criminal, psychiatric, school, employment, military, and prison records. Obtains and reviews records and information provided by the prosecution in order to assist defense attorneys by compiling a list of witnesses with addresses, phone numbers, and brief synopses of their statements to the police. Confers with prosecuting and defense attorneys, judges, other court officials, law enforcement, correctional officers, and other involved parties to obtain information relevant to defending a client. Serves subpoenas on witnesses for the client. Performs other duties assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of legal research methods and procedures. Knowledge of investigative techniques. Knowledge of record keeping systems. Ability to research, analyze, and interpret information relating to cases. Ability to identify sources required to obtain needed information. Ability to conduct interviews of potential witnesses and follow-up on information provided. Ability to prepare and present oral and written reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelors degree in sociology, psychology, criminal justice or a related field; plus one year of experience in private or criminal investigative work or a related field.

Required Certificates:

Must possess a valid Arkansas drivers license. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR


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