Assistant State Attorney

The State Attorney of the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida accepts applications from attorneys admitted to the Florida Bar and from legal interns who are certified to practice under Rule 11-1.of the Florida Bar.  ASAs/CLIs handle both misdemeanor and criminal traffic offenses, and are responsible for cases from initial intake through trial.  A thorough working knowledge of the Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Rules of Evidence is needed.  While prior trial practice courses and internships are helpful, but are not required, a desire for immediate trial experience is. The Circuit has transitioned to electronic files, and ASAs/CLIs must be comfortable with the use of technology.

The State Attorney of the 20th Judicial Circuit is an equal opportunity employer and supports a Drug Free Workplace. For attorneys who are members of the Florida Bar, our entry level positions start at $45,500.

There are currently over 100 Assistant State Attorneys on staff. A comprehensive benefits package including health, life and disability insurance is provided. Opportunities abound for CLEs as well as extensive in-house professional development.

  • All employees have two choices of retirement plans: The FRS Pension Plan and the FRS Investment Plan. Your employer contributes the majority of your FRS retirement plan savings. A mandatory 3% pretax contribution is directed form you paycheck into you retirement account. For additional information on these great plans visit the Florida Retirement System website at MyFRS.com. New FRS members enrolling in the pension plan qualify for a benefit after 8 years of services; those enrolling in the Investment Plan qualify for a benefit after 1 year.

  • An employee who moves from one position in state government to another position in state government, may be credited by the receiving agency with all unused sick leave not paid. An employee who resigns from a city of county governmental authority within 31 calendar day, may, at the discretion of the State Attorney, be credited with up to a maximum of 480 hours of unused sick leave that was accrued while employed by the other organization.

  • All full-time employees who are filling established positions shall earn annual leave as shown:

    Creditable Service
    0-3 years
    Years 4 and 5
    Years 6, 7, and 8
    9 years and over
    Hours Per Month
    8 hours = 12 days per year
    10 hours = 15 days per year
    13.25 hours = 20 days per year
    20 hours = 30 days per year

    Annual leave balances may not exceed 240 as of January 1st of each new year. A departing employee will be compensated for their accrued leave not to exceed 240 hours. Also, one day (8 hours) of annual leave will be granted to each employee per year in recognition of his/her anniversary date of employment. This Personal Day is earned on July 1st of each year and must be used by June 30th of the following year.

  • All full-time employees shall be credited with one day (8 hours) per month of sick leave, equaling 12 days per year. Part-time employees will earn leave time on a pro-rated basis according to numbers of hours worked. After ten years of service, a departing employee will be compensated for 25% of their accrued sick leave, not to exceed 480 hours.

Interviews are only granted to those who are:

  • Licensed to practice law in Florida; or
  • Licensed to practice law in another state and qualified under Rule 11; or
  • 3L students in their final semester of law school; or
  • Awaiting bar results

2018 Interview Dates for Assistant State Attorneys and Legal Interns

Thursday, February 22nd
Thursday, March 22nd
Thursday, April 26th
Thursday, May 24th
Thursday, June 28th
Thursday, August 30th
Thursday, October 25th
Thursday, December 13th

Updated 12/8/2017