Assistant Prosecuting Attorney I/II/III – Washtenaw County

Job Code: 2808

Authorization: 82-0381;

1/96, 01-0301, AA 5/2/14

Employee Group: 6000


DEPARTMENT: Prosecuting Attorney



Under the direction of a First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, or other supervisor, and in a
developing capacity, represents the People of the State of Michigan in the prosecution of
criminal and civil cases before the Probate, District and Circuit Court. Provides legal counsel to
the various police agencies operating within Washtenaw County, and local units of government
within the County, regarding issues pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of violations
of Michigan criminal laws.

Initially under close supervision, employees gradually receive more complex assignments and
work more independently as experience is gained. Employees may advance to levels II and III
after gaining the required experience and demonstrating acceptable work proficiency.


Essential Duties:

  • Interviews victims of crime, complainants, witnesses and police officers to gather available facts.
  • Examines police reports to determine if a crime has been committed.
  • Evaluates all available information and seeks criminal warrants (court orders to arrest). Where it appears appropriate, authorizes the criminal complaint after supervisory consultation.
  • Evaluates information and drafts documents for search warrants. As necessary, appears before the judge, accompanied by law enforcement personnel, to obtain warrants.
  • Prepares for court appearances by drafting briefs, researching similar cases, analyzing evidence and planning strategy.
  • Represents the People of the State of Michigan in all stages of prosecutions for violations of Michigan criminal laws, including pre-trial conferences, preliminary examinations in felony cases, motion hearings and trials, sentencing hearings and post sentencing litigation.
  • Represents the petitioner in cases seeking the involuntary commitment of persons requiring treatment under the Michigan Mental Health Code.
  • Represents the petitioner in juvenile delinquency proceedings.
  • Represents the petitioner in Juvenile Court cases where court jurisdiction is sought because of the abuse or neglect of a child.
  • Skills required for court appearances include:
    • Public speaking (delivering opening statements and closing arguments)
    • Direct and cross examination of witnesses
    • Carefully prepare and organize cases and trial schedules to make efficient use of court time
    • Maintains a professional demeanor and appearance in and out of court.
    • Regularly confers with supervisor regarding status and direction of cases.
    • Reads case updates, advance sheets, and legal periodicals to keep current on relevant developments in the law.
    • Reviews concluded cases with supervisor to evaluate results and explore opportunities for professional development.
    • Writes appellate briefs for the Circuit Court, Court of Appeals and/or Supreme Court, conducting extensive research and presenting oral argument.
    • As assigned, attends and participates, as the representative of the Prosecuting Attorney, community or committee meetings on topics related to the functions of the Prosecutor’s Office.
    • Once qualified, serves, on a rotating basis, as the on-call/duty prosecutor during nights and weekends/holidays.
    • Performs other related duties as assigned.
    • Maintains high professional and personal standards, in keeping with status as a public servant.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:



Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone. These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.


Possession of a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school.


LEVEL I – GRADE 28: Entry-level classification. Employees may advance to LEVEL II after at least two (2) years of Assistant Prosecuting Attorney I experience with acceptable work performance.

LEVEL II – GRADE 30: Two (2) years of experience required with acceptable work performance.

LEVEL III- GRADE 32: Two (2) years of experience required with acceptable work performance.


Membership in good standing in the State Bar of Michigan.

This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.