PUBLIC DEFENDER INVESTIGATOR
The Public Defender’s Office is seeking candidates for an exciting opportunity in their Investigator’s Division. Candidates will preferably have attained qualifications in Psychology related fields. This position will give the successful candidate the opportunity to creatively and expertly use their skills and learning in diverse and challenging environments.
Under general supervision, to perform skilled investigations, interview clients and witnesses, including building the client’s social history and gather evidence on behalf of indigents represented by the Office of the Public Defender.
Investigators work with Defense Counsel to investigate alleged crimes and possible defenses to those allegations for their clients. Clients may also be respondents in commitment proceedings in juvenile court or mental illness in superior court. Public Defender Investigators will interview both clients and witnesses and verify or corroborate information obtained. The social history of clients will be included in the investigation and will form part of the analysis and corroboration process. Investigators will then analyze and memorialize that information in regular reports to Public Defenders.
Typical Tasks of this Position:
Candidates for this position must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology supplemented by courses in Administration of Justice and a demonstrated study in the area of forensic psychology. Candidates with degrees in Criminology, Penology, Sociology, or Journalism may also be considered.
Public Defender Investigator Network, (2007). Training, Job Openings, Resources. Retrieved May 7, 2007
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Devitt, M., Honts, C., Vondergeest, L., (1997). Truth or Just Bias; The Treatment of Psychophysilogical Detection of Deception in Introductory Psychology Textbooks. Journal of Credibility Assessment and Witness Psychology, Vol 1, No. 1, pp. 9-32. Retrieved May 7, 2007
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