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Deputy District Attorney Iv

County of Orange
Orange County District Attorney, 300 N Flower St, Santa Ana, CA 92703, United States




As a result of the Board approval on all OCAA-represented classifications this position will be receiving the following future salary increases:

o    Effective June 28, 2024 – 4.25% increase

o    Effective June 27, 2025 – 4.00% increase

THIS RECRUITMENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLICThis recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list to fill current and future Regular, Limited-Term and Extra-Help Deputy District Attorney IV positions. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.  

Online applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, August 24, 2023 for a minimum of five (5) business days, and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 P.M. PST on the day the County's needs are met.

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. 
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYThe 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. 



s seeking a 

Deputy District Attorney IV to prepare and litigate complex and serious cases (primarily felonies) before the Superior and Appellate Courts. The assignment may be in our Felony units throughout the office

or at any of our various locations or units based on the Department's needs. This is an in-person assignment, and the duties cannot be performed remotely/virtually.


In addition to the minimum qualifications for the Deputy District Attorney IV, the ideal candidate will possess: 

  • Thorough knowledge of substantive and procedural criminal law
  • Over three years of experience as an attorney in the practice of criminal law
  • Significant felony trial experience
  • Excellent oral advocacy skills including the ability to concisely, effectively communicate arguments. 
  • The ability to analyze, organize, file, evaluate, and try complex and serious cases
  • The ability to perform complex and difficult legal research and effectively present and argue the prosecution's position orally and in writing
  • The ability to work effectively with District Attorney staff, members of the bench and bar, law enforcement personnel and members of the public
  • Active membership in the State Bar of California  
  • Members in good standing of California State Bar and have been assigned a license number, but have inactive membership status are also welcome to apply.  An active California State Bar membership and eligibility to practice law in the State of California must be attained by date of appointment and maintained throughout employment. 
  • Possession of a California Class C Driver License or the ability to use an alternative method of transportation to carry out the essential functions of the job.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS  Click to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the Deputy Attorney IV classification as well as the physical and mental requirements, and environmental conditions.

District Attorney Human Resource will screen all application materials to identify qualified candidates.

After the initial screening, the qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition. 

Application Appraisal Panel (Weighted 100%) 

Application materials will be rated by a panel of job knowledge experts for those qualifications most needed to perform the duties of the job. The more qualified candidates will be referred to the next step. This is a competitive process; therefore, be thorough in your responses.

Based on the Department's needs, the recruitment process listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the recruitment process.

Eligible List

Once the assessment has been completed, District Attorney Human Resources will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Please note:

The information you provide on your application and/or response to the supplemental questions may be used as a scoring device, so please be thorough and complete in your response. "See Resume" is not a qualifying response and will not be scored in lieu of the required information.

Current employed members of 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
Candidates under consideration for hire by the District Attorney will be required to pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the department.
Veterans Employment Preference Policy (VEPP)

The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click


to review the policy.

  • Online (only online applications will be accepted.)
  • Please include your e-mail address on your application.
  • You will be responding to supplemental questions to determine your qualifications for this classification. You must provide the requested information in order to be considered to continue in the recruitment process. This is a competitive process; therefore, be thorough in your responses to the supplemental questionnaire. 
  • Note: We suggest you prepare the supplemental answers offline so that you do not lose Internet connection. Once you have completed your answers offline, copy and paste your answers in the appropriate boxes.