County of York
November 18, 2021
York, Pennsylvania
Contact Name
Luana Taylor


Position Summary


Conduct all of the investigations in the Public Defender’s Office.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Conduct investigation for the attorney’s with both Adult and Juvenile investigations.
  • Thorough review is made of all materials furnished by the Commonwealth, including evidence.
  • Thorough review made of all supplied material.
  • Case conference held with Defense Attorney at which time the scope of the investigation is determined.
  • Client interviews locate and interview witness(s), crime scene examination (photograph and measurements). Interviews conducted to locate witness(s) who did not give information to the Commonwealth. A Written investigative analysis is furnished to the Attorney. After review, a conference is held with the Defense Attorney at which a defense strategy is developed.
  • During the review, process of the case and witness interviews experience is used to determine credibility and truthfulness.
  • Assist in the corroboration information given by commonwealth witness(s) during the trial process; testify at trials and assist the Attorneys as needed.
  • Maintain good relationships with all police departments, all other agencies, and all others you have contacted. A liaison between police and other agencies.
  • Make arrangements with police departments and forensic laboratories for defense examinations of evidence; transport evidence to and from the laboratory maintains a chain of custody for the evidence.
  • Transport witness(s) to and from court; travel to other institutions to conduct interviews.
  • Analyze evidence.
  • Assists in the development of an expert witness date base and on a continuing basis confer with experts to further the database.
  • Keep abreast of changes in the crimes code, vehicle code, and rules of criminal procedure.
  • Review arrest procedures to assure it were done in a lawful manner.
  • Review analysis of polygraph examinations and explain results maintain case management.
  • Maintain case management.
  • Subpoena service.
  • Any other request made by the attorney pertaining to their case(s).


Essential Requirements


  • Knowledge of investigator/investigative techniques and relevant laws.
  • Knowledge of geography, topography of York County and adjacent areas. Knowledge of policies and procedures of the Public Defender’s Office.
  • Knowledge of York County Rules of Court and Rules of evidence.
  • Skill in finding and/or investigating errant persons.
  • Skill in interviewing persons of diverse culture and educational attainment.
  • Skill in instructing persons of diverse culture and educational attainment in the sediments of courtroom testimony and protocol.
  • Ability to understand and carry out complex instructions, written and oral.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, orally, and in writing.
  • Ability to work time bounds, under duress and in occasional physical danger.
  • Ability to establish effective work relationships with supervisors, peers, law enforcement officers, attorneys, other professionals, and the general public.
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