Orange County District Attorney’s Office – Deputy District Attorney I, II, III

About The Company
The County of Orange, District Attorney, represents the People of the State of California in criminal and civil proceedings, serves the court and criminal justice system, and the Orange County Grand Jury. The mission of the Office of the Orange County District Attorney is to enhance public safety and welfare and to protect and respect crime victims and to create security in the community through the vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws in a just, honest, efficient and ethical manner. The Office consists of three major divisions: Legal, Investigative Bureau, and Administration.

Job Description/Duties
The District Attorney’s Office has opportunities for Deputy District Attorney I, II, and IIIs who will be a positive influence in making Orange County a safe place to live by supporting the District Attorney’s mission. Public safety and the administration of justice are universal concerns. We value qualified candidates with diverse strengths, backgrounds and life experiences that can support a positive and inclusive environment dedicated to serving the People of the State of California.

Successful candidates will be assigned to any of our various locations or units within the Legal Division and will have the opportunity to perform the following work, among other tasks:

Initiate criminal proceedings, author and litigate motions, conduct pre-trial hearings, perform trials, and execute other professional legal work connected with the enforcement of criminal law;
Research, interpret and apply statutes, ordinances, court decisions and other legal authorities in the preparation of cases, memoranda and points and authorities;
Negotiate and confer with judges and defense attorneys regarding the appropriate disposition of cases;
Interview and examine witnesses and enforce the rights of victims consistent with the just pursuit of criminal prosecutions in the interest of the People.

Job Criteria
In addition to the minimum qualifications for the Deputy District Attorney I, II, and III, the ideal candidate will have experience in the practice of civil, governmental or criminal law with experience in litigation and trial work. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess the following:

Thorough knowledge of legal principles and their application; rules of evidence and the conduct of court proceedings; and California laws;
Experience analyzing legal problems and applying legal principles and practices; presenting statement of facts and legal argument;
Be an effective advocate who is eager to justly litigate before judges and juries regularly;
Be a team player who is able to work cooperatively in a fast-paced environment with a demanding caseload;
Be able to effectively work with law enforcement and the general public.

*NOTE: Candidate must be a fully licensed, active member in good standing with the California State Bar no later than May, 13, 2024. Candidates who have taken the February 2024 California Bar Exam are eligible to apply but must fully be licensed active members of the California State Bar and in good standing at the time of appointment to be eligible for hire.

Salary Range/Hourly Rate
DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY I, II, III SALARY INFORMATION Deputy District Attorney I – $89,190.40 – $107,827.20 Annually Deputy District Attorney II – $104,312.00 – $116,251.20 Annually Deputy District Attorney III – $119,371.20 – $165,318.40 Annually As a result of the Board approval all OCAA-represented classifications will be receiving the following future salary increases: o Effective June 28, 2024 – 4.25% increase o Effective June 27, 2025 – 4.00% increase Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate’s qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

Other Benefits and Perks

The County of Orange provides a comprehensive, balanced, and competitive benefits package as part of the employee total compensation.

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Current employed members of accepted reciprocal systems who were in those retirement systems prior to January 1, 2013, and who have not retired from those systems, may be eligible for previous OCERS formula of 2.7% at age 55.
For more information, please call (714) 558-6200 or visit

Job Category: Government Criminal
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Orange County