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Under the guidance of a pretrial officer, supervise a caseload of low-risk defendants/offenders requiring contact by telephone, in the office, and in the field. Investigate employment, sources of income, lifestyle, and associates to assess risk and determine compliance. Maintain case files and records, as well as detailed chronological records of activity.
Assist pretrial officers with less complex bond investigations to include compiling criminal histories, and profiles, running record checks through local and national databases, conducting inquiries with collateral agencies, and performing other similar activities. Provide officers with accurate and factual information to assist in their completion of pretrial reports.
Under guidance from a pretrial officer, draft and submit selected reports. Observe, and apprise the supervisor of the lifestyle, personal problems, and needs of defendants/offenders. Assist in the development of community resources to meet those needs.
Under the guidance of a pretrial officer, respond to judicial officers’ requests for information and occasionally testify in court, accompanied by a pretrial officer, regarding the basis for factual findings.
Conduct collateral investigations and draft and submit collateral reports, which may entail making telephone, office, and/or field contacts. Perform record keeping.
Collect and conduct urine tests on offenders of the same gender, and maintain appropriate records.
If bilingual or multilingual, assist officers and non-English speaking defendants/offenders, family members, and witnesses in translating speech, documents, and correspondence, as required.
Operate various criminal justice, law enforcement, and pretrial automated systems.
Participate in ongoing training and development programs.
Perform other appropriate duties as assigned.
Conduct investigations and prepare reports for the court with recommendations, which requires interviewing defendants and their families, as well as collecting background data from various sources. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of policies and procedures, statutes, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures, Monographs, and relevant case law. Track legal developments, and update staff and the court.
Enforce court-ordered supervision components and implement supervision strategies. Maintain personal contact with defendants through office and community contacts and by telephone. Investigate employment, sources of income, lifestyle, and associates to assess risk and compliance. Address substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and similar problems and implement necessary treatment or violation proceedings, through assessment, monitoring, and counseling.
Investigate and analyze financial documents and activities and take appropriate action. Responsible for enforcement of location monitoring conditions ordered by the court.
Review and resolve disputed issues involving defendants and present unresolved issues to the court for resolution. Assess defendants’ level of risk and develop a blend of risk management strategies for controlling and correcting risk.
Communicate with other organizations and persons (such as law enforcement, treatment agencies, and attorneys) concerning defendants’ behavior and conditions of supervision. Identify and investigate violations and implement appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Report violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authorities. Prepare written reports of violation matters, and make recommendations for disposition. Guide the work of staff providing administrative and technical assistance to officers.
Schedule and conduct drug use detection tests on defendants, following established procedures and protocols. Maintain paper and computerized records of test results. Maintain chain of custody of urinalysis testing materials.
Respond to judicial officer’s requests for information and advice. Testify in court as to the basis for factual findings. Serve as a resource to the court. Maintain detailed written records of case activity.
The position of Term Law Clerk to District Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk may be a one- to two-year position. The position will begin in August 2020 or 2021. The position is located in St. Louis, MO.