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Title: Deputy Legal Counsel - Administrative Office of the District Court
Pay Grade: SM1
Starting Pay: $95,616.92
Departmental Mission Statement:
As a gateway to justice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District Court is dedicated to the administration of justice in a fair, impartial and timely manner in accordance with the rule of law. In fulfilling this role, the District Court shall provide the communities it serves with an environment that is safe, accessible and respectful to all. The District Court shall conduct its business with integrity, competence and a commitment to excellence in order to promote public trust and confidence in the judicial system.
Notes: This job opportunity has been designated as a management position.
The Administrative Office of the District Court (AODC) provides administrative and legal support to Justices, Clerk-Magistrates, and employees of the District Court, under the direction of the Chief Justice of the District Court. Deputy Legal Counsel will provide advice on legal matters, researches legal questions, writes memoranda, develops court procedures and rules, analyzes legal and administrative issues, drafts regulations and proposed legislation, prepares and presents trainings, manages litigation involving the District Court Department.
The Deputy Legal Counsel reports jointly to the Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy Court Administrator.
The Deputy Legal Counsel provides legal support to the Justices, Clerk-Magistrates, and employees of the District Court Department, as well as to the Administrative Office of the District Court on cases and all law-related matters in the District Court and conducts special research projects as necessary. Legal expertise and clear and concise communication skills are essential in fulfilling this role;
Interprets and applies court rules, standing orders, statutes, directives, and policies related to matters within the District Court;
Prepares or assists in the preparation of legal bulletins, memoranda, draft rules, and uniform practices;
Responds to inquiries and requests from Justices, Clerk-Magistrates, court employees, attorneys, and the public concerning legal aspects of the District Court;
Develops and assists in the development of training materials and presents training for Justices, Clerk-Magistrates, and other employees of the District Court;
Conducts special research projects as necessary; legal expertise and clear and concise communication skills are essential in fulfilling this role;
Makes recommendations as to policy and procedure on a variety of matters; and
Represents the District Court and acts as professional staff to Trial Court committees, task forces and working groups as assigned by the Chief Justice, Legal Counsel or Deputy Court Administrator of the District Court.
The Deputy Legal Counsel performs other related duties as required.
These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for a position of the Deputy Legal Counsel:
Law Degree from an accredited Law School.
Admission to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
Five (5) years or more of legal experience with particular emphasis on matters within the jurisdiction of the District Court Department;
Thorough knowledge of the Massachusetts judicial system and applicable statutes, case law, court rules and procedures relating to the District Court;
Considerable skills and abilities in the application of logical reasoning to perform detailed statutory analysis;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with court officials, judges, employees and government agencies employees;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Ability to properly rank competing work priorities and to work efficiently to fulfill those priorities in a timely manner; and
Demonstrated ability to independently complete assignments and to handle multiple assignments;
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