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The Public Defender is responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation and providing legal assistance to clients and

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Typical Functions:

Provides legal representation to all defendants, as required by the courts and the Arkansas Public Defender Commission, primarily in the areas of juvenile, district, and specialty courts. Investigates defendant’s case, by locating and interviewing witnesses, in order to obtain information relevant to the defense of the client. Research and interprets state and federal laws and prior court cases. Write briefs, motions, and other pleadings supporting case arguments to facilitate the litigation process. Represents the defendant in legal proceedings in state court hearings. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and precedents. Knowledge of legal research and writing techniques. Knowledge of state and federal court practices and procedures. Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply legislation and case related information. Ability to conduct litigation. Ability to prepare, present and review oral and written information and reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school.

Required Certificates:

Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201.


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