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Missoula County Paralegal Criminal Division in Missoula, Montana

invites applications for the position of:
Paralegal Criminal Division

SALARY: $18.70 Hourly
DEPARTMENT: County Attorney's Office
DIVISION: Criminal Attorneys
OPENING DATE: 01/05/22
CLOSING DATE: 01/19/22 05:00 PM
BARGAINING UNIT: MFPE-Federation of Missoula County Employees
WORK SITE: Missoula County Courthouse
SCHEDULING/HOURS OF WORK: Full time Monday through Friday

• Please complete all sections of the online application, even if a resume is submitted.
• Please include with your completed application the following attachment: A letter of interest.
• Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
• Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.
DEFINITION: Provides assistance to the County Attorney and Deputy County Attorneys by performing a variety of support functions in specific areas of responsibility as assigned.

REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK: Provides litigation support, including: investigating, organizing and managing files; locating records; making and distributing copies; scheduling all matters related to trial; preparing pre-trial documents, investigative subpoenas, trial subpoenas, trial notebooks, exhibits including electronic exhibits; arranging pre-trial interviews; making necessary travel arrangements for witnesses; identifying, locating, organizing exhibits; providing support as needed during trial. Assists attorneys with legal research by locating and printing specific case information as requested. Assists attorneys in all areas with filing; copying; preparation of correspondence, pleadings and other documents, and other secretarial support duties as required. Takes phone calls and walk-in questions. Schedules appointments. Produces routine correspondence regarding citizen complaints as appropriate. Assists attorneys to initiate and process involuntary commitments by: preparing petition from attorney's summary; opening and maintaining files; scheduling hearings and notifying appropriate parties; making necessary transportation arrangements with the Sheriff's Department; acting as contact person for interested parties; preparing the final order; and maintaining list of proceedings. Assists attorneys in preparation of guardianship petitions from attorney's summary by: contacting parties to gather necessary information; opening and maintaining files; scheduling appointments; receiving and maintaining reports; acting as contact person for interested parties; preparing orders; maintaining list of proceedings; managing financial assets. Assists attorneys with Certificate of Survey (COS) reviews including: reviewing affidavits; scheduling hearings before the Board of County Commissioners; notifying interested parties of hearing dates; assisting in preparing and delivering packets for Board of County Commissioner meetings; maintaining files of COS materials and chronological lists of COS reviews. Assists attorneys with probate including: investigating estate asset and liability information; preparing probate forms; making necessary contacts to obtain information; recording deposits and withdrawals and coordinating the information with County Treasurer; gathering, sale and distribution of property, and compiling data for annual report of proceedings. Produces routine correspondence as indicated, regarding county regulatory programs including community decay, junk vehicle, toddler car-seat program, zoning and subdivision review. Assists attorneys to comply with discovery obligations. Designs a system for meeting discovery obligations, inventories and prepares all documents subject to discovery, compares files to law enforcement files for completeness, serves discovery on defense counsel, and maintains a record to demonstrate what materials have been provided to defense counsel. Assists attorneys in preparing responses to Petitions for Post-Conviction Relief by: reviewing the Petition that has been filed, the criminal file and attorney's summary of responses; gathering necessary documents and exhibits; drafting motions for relief from disciplinary proceedings; sending letters to previous defense counsel and arranging for their responses to the allegations; contacting other necessary parties; drafting responses; filing completed court documents.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school graduation or GED is required. Certificate of completion in a paralegal program is required. Two years of directly related experience in paralegal or legal secretarial work may substitute for certificate. Requirements for current employees of the County Attorney's Office are one year of experience working in the Missoula County Attorney's Office.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must pass a driving history and criminal background investigation.

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: Works mainly in an office setting, with long periods of sitting at a computer terminal. Requires travel to local law offices, law library and medical facilities.


200 W Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
Position #2022-00005