The Assistant District Attorney – District Court is an Assistant District Attorney under the general supervision of the Lead Assistant District Attorney of District Court. The Assistant District Attorney – District Court represents the Commonwealth in accordance with the District Attorney’s statutory authority in the various courts in Plymouth County, the Supreme Judicial Court, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County, the Appeals Court and courts in other counties.
The Assistant District Attorney – District C is an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and serves at the pleasure of the District Attorney. The Senior Supervising Attorney’s position is covered under the provisions of G.L. c. 268B.
- Strong written and oral advocacy skills
- Requires excellent communication skills and the ability to foster a positive, collaborative working environment
- Ability to prioritize time sensitive matters and ensure all deadlines are met
- Self-starter with the following attributes: sharp attention to detail, ability to exercise discretion with confidential information, ability to contribute and work as part of a team, positive attitude and willingness to learn new processes and adapt to new guidelines as needed
- Juris Doctorate and license to practice in MA
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Represent the Commonwealth at all stages of criminal prosecution in District Court. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Handling arraignments and corresponding motions such as bail requests, conditions of release, dangerousness hearings, and bail revocation hearings as appropriate;
- Conducting pre-trial hearings and conferences, and litigating evidentiary and non-evidentiary motions such as motions for discovery and motions to suppress;
- Work closely with colleagues, victim witness advocates, law enforcement, court personnel, the defense bar, criminal justice agencies, community partners, and the public to ensure successful, holistic approach to prosecution that balances the safety and well-being of the victims, defendants, and communities we serve.
- Attend meetings with our community and law enforcement partners.
- Review charging decisions made by law enforcement agencies and make appropriate recommendations and changes as needed.
- Review evidentiary reports, identify and interview victims and witnesses, prepare discovery, and provide discovery to defense counsel.
- Review case files, applicable statutes and case law, victim information and input, and determine an appropriate recommendation for case resolution. Conference the same with defense counsel.
- Keep abreast of court decisions and legislation affecting Massachusetts law and prepare written memoranda where appropriate.
- Understand applicable rules, laws, and guidelines, including the Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence, and the mandates of the Victims’ Bill of Rights.
- Interact with victims, defendants, families, and witnesses with kindness and professionalism.
- Ability to manage crises and excel in high-stress, dynamic, and fast-paced environment while exhibiting a calm, professional demeanor.
In addition to these above responsibilities the Assistant District Attorney – District Court is required:
- To be familiar with and to follow the provisions of the Plymouth District Attorney’s Office Personnel Policies
- To participate in trainings relevant to Office functions
- Collaborate with peers to maximize productivity and produce the highest outcomes
- To communicate with or provide timely notification to Office staff, police, and other interested parties, as permitted and/or required by law
- To interact in a respectful and professional manner with the public, judicial and law enforcement personnel and Office staff
- To complete work assignments in a timely manner
- To complete general administrative duties to include, filing, faxing, photocopying, etc.
- Perform any other duties at any job-site as may from time to time be assigned to her/him by the District Attorney, or the First Assistant District Attorney or other designee of the District Attorney
District Attorney Cruz is committed to recruiting and retaining staff that reflects the diversity of the multicultural community that we serve. The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office affords equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity or expression, genetics, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, political affiliation, veteran status or any other status that is protected by local, state or federal law.