Paralegal – Civil

Hays County Job Posting
Job Title: Paralegal – Civil
Department Head: Hays County District Attorney
Salary Range Minimum: $3,187.49 Monthly
Job Number: 607-PLCD-052220
Date Open: May 22, 2020
Application Deadline: Until Filled

In order to be considered for employment with Hays County submit the following documents:
• Hays County Application
• Cover Letter
• Resume
Find Hays County Employment Applications at:
• Pre-printed forms at the Hays County Human Resources department
• Request PDF forms from [email protected] via email

You may submit your application documents in any of the following ways:
• Hand-deliver to 712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1063, San Marcos, TX 78666
• Fax: 512-393-2227
• Email: [email protected]

Education and/or Experience

• Required Bachelor’s Degree, AND
• Certificate in Paralegal Studies, or the equivalent such as: master’s degree in legal studies, OR in the process of obtaining a paralegal certificate.
Other Qualifications, Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
• Class C driver’s license.
• Bilingual preferred (Spanish and English).
• Paralegal certificate or related education or experience preferred.
• Attend and successfully complete TLETS training.
Responsibilities
• Draft original petitions, motions and orders, such as but not limited to final orders, summary judgment, special exception, change of placement , motion to set, motion to enter, motion to sever, motion to transfer/consolidate, temporary orders for suits affecting the parent-child relationship, status hearing orders, placement hearing orders, permanency order, nonsuits and dismissals.
• Manage caseload from intake to closing with accuracy, including tracking and updating cases.
• Draft requests and responses for interrogatories, production, disclosures, admissions.
• Manage complex civil jury and non-jury trial preparation: including but not limited to witness lists and witness coordination, exhibit lists and coordination’s, bates numbering and logging, pretrial motions and orders.
• Coordinate and schedule mediations with opposing parties, their attorneys, CPS, Bail Bondsmen, and attorney mediators and coordinate settlement negotiations.
• Coordinate with court coordinators, caseworkers, Bail Bondsmen, and attorneys to schedule and calendar hearings, bench trials, and jury trials.
• Assist with docket days, including taking case notes during docket, distributing affidavits of indigence to parties, notarizing affidavits of indigence, and tracking orders. • Gather reports, videos, audio, photographs, records and/or criminal case documents from local law enforcement agencies, as requested.
• Management of evidence, including but not limited to, photographs, video and audio tapes and any other physical item in the custody of the District Attorney for evidentiary or Open Records purposes.
• Perform general clerical duties including answering the telephone, filing, typing correspondence, etc.
• Coordinate citation and service of petitions.
• Assure the services delivered meet quality and timeliness standards.
• Process computerized information records systems with attention to detail and accuracy.
• Prepare original and responsive pleadings in child protection, Bond and Asset Forfeiture cases and follows applicable law.
• Records management (i.e. medical records, psychological, psychiatric records, etc.) and Bates logging the records as they come in office. Manage the calendar for the attorney workroom and assist the public in scheduling use of the attorney workroom.
• Draft answers and general denials in cases regarding Expunctions and Nondisclosures, Bond and Asset Forfeiture case, and requests for ruling to the Office of the Attorney General as it relates to requests received pursuant to the Public Information Act
• Maintain and track all data related to Felony and Misdemeanor Bonds including settlements, records, and court costs.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Summary

Under general supervision, the Paralegal in the Civil Division of the Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s Office provides routine legal research, including document management. Screens, reviews, analyzes and organizes case-related material required for Court presentation and management in the Civil Courts. Performs a variety of administrative and clerical support functions for the Criminal District Attorney or an Assistant Criminal District Attorney to whom assigned. This position affects the accuracy, reliability and acceptability of further processes and services.

Individuals in this position serve at the pleasure of the current elected official.

Hays County is an EEO employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Hays County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of background checks, including reference checks, criminal history, and driver’s license checks and driving history.