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SALARY INCREASE3% Effective February 2025/2026

(Salary Increases contingent upon assessed values for previous fiscal year.)

Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received.

The Office of the District Attorney offers an exciting opportunity for a challenging career in criminal trial work.  Deputy District Attorneys I prepare and present cases before all courts within the County upon completing an extensive training program designed to develop trial advocacy skills. Incumbents receive reports filed by law enforcement officers or petitioners; evaluate evidence and facts therein; determine the nature of crimes committed and authorize issuances of criminal complaints; interview prospective witnesses and develop cases for prosecution; prepare trial briefs; and engage in trial practice.

Click here to see the Deputy District Attorney I brochure.

For more detailed information on duties, refer to the Deputy District Attorney I job description.

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Candidates assigned to the Victorville or Joshua Tree offices may be eligible to receive an additional incentive of $77 per pay period ($2002 annually). See Attorney MOU for details and criteria.


Assignment: Assignments may be made to any location in the County depending on the department’s needs. Applicant’s location preference will be taken into consideration whenever possible.

Travel: Travel throughout the County is required, and employees may be required to make provisions for transportation.  At the time of hire, a valid California Class C driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be produced for the individual providing the transportation.

Background: Candidates must successfully pass an extensive background investigation, which may include (but is not limited to) a credit check, fingerprint check, and medical exam.

State Bar: Those hired must be active members in good standing with the State Bar of California. This status must be maintained to remain employed in this classification.

Promotion: Deputy District Attorney I positions are eligible for promotion to Deputy District Attorney II, III or IV upon meeting the minimum requirements and receiving a satisfactory work performance evaluations (see MOU). Deputy District Attorney IV positions may earn up to $195,665 annually.

Sponsorship: Please note San Bernardino County is not able to consider candidates who will require visa sponsorship at the time of application or in the future.

Minimum Requirements:

License: Active membership and good standing with the State Bar of California.

Note: Candidates who have passed the State or California Bar Exam and are pending licensure, who have taken the State of California Bar Exam and are awaiting results, or who are registered for the next California State Bar Examination, will be considered.
Applicants who are currently members of the State Bar of California will be considered for the Deputy District Attorney I classification.
Applicants who are not members of the State Bar of California but who are “Certified Law Students” under the State Bar’s Practical Training of Law Students Program and California Rule of Court 9.42 AND who are pending results of the State of California Bar Exam will be considered for the Law Clerk II-Unclassified classification.

Desired Qualifications:

Candidates with experience as a legal intern, law clerk, or attorney in a prosecutor’s office are highly desirable.

Selection Process:

There will be an Oral Examination that will assess the following areas: legal expertise; interpersonal skills; oral communication and presentation skills; analytical skills, problem solving, and decision making.

Candidates will be notified by email with more information regarding exam dates and self-scheduling for the oral exam.

Application Procedure: Please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire for consideration.

Applications are currently being accepted until a sufficient number have been received; recruitment may close at any time without notice.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and supplemental questionnaire.

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