Assistant DA

Job Title:
Assistant DA
County Name:
Monroe County

The purpose of this classification is to represent the Commonwealth in prosecuting criminal cases through all legal proceedings including preliminary hearings, pre-trial motions, trials, and appeals; and to provide guidance and assistance to other staff members as needed.


The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Interviews victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers, detectives, and others in researching assigned cases.

Reads and analyzes various discovery materials in preparing for cases, including police incident reports, investigation reports, criminal histories, driver’s histories, medical reports, lab reports, certified criminal and conviction records, expert reports, and others.

Prepares and files in court criminal charges against offenders.

Argues and/or negotiates cases in preliminary hearings and pre-trial motions; negotiates plea agreements with attorneys.

Litigates hearings for arraignment, bail, parole, probation, and sentencing.

Serves as prosecuting attorney in court trials and conducts jury selection, makes opening statements, conducts direct and cross examinations, and delivers closing statements.

Presents oral arguments in appellate court.

Represents the Commonwealth in handling Juvenile Court cases through all stages of legal proceedings from detention to adjudication.

Reviews and approves search warrants and various felony criminal complaints.

Prepares legal briefs, legal correspondence and memoranda, subpoenas, pleadings, motions, and petitions.

Prepares and submits sentencing agreements, felony to misdemeanor pleas, and arrest documents to District Attorney for approval.

Negotiates plea agreements with attorneys.

Presents legal arguments for sentencing of defendants.

Serves as victim advocate by representing victims at Protection from Abuse Contempt Hearings; accompanies child victims to physical and medical examinations.
Provides assistance to law enforcement agencies on an assigned 24-hour on-call basis.

Performs routine administrative duties including maintaining office files and records, copying and faxing documents, typing forms and reports, and answering the telephone.

Confers with victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers, District Attorneys, defense attorneys, private attorneys, District Judges, other court judges, medical personnel, court clerks, probation officers, other county and department staff.

Refers to state and federal statutes, legal opinions, treaties, legal textbooks, newspapers, technical journals, law periodicals, case law, maps, encyclopedia, dictionaries, and other reference material in performing legal work.

Attends conferences and seminars to maintain knowledge of laws and regulations relating to prosecution work.


Performs other related duties as required.


Juris Doctorate degree required; supplemented by six (6) months of experience or training; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Must possess and maintain a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.  Must be a member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar.
Posting Date:
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Expiration Date:
Monday, January 31, 2022
Contact Name:
Tammi Burke
Contact Link:
Tammi Burke