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Public Defender Investigator Assistant is an occasionally-used trainee position for candidates who have completed at least 60 semester units at an accredited college or university but have little or no criminal defense investigation experience. Public Defender Investigator Assistants are responsible for conducting simple investigations and learning investigative techniques and methods. Information regarding salary and benefits can be found here.


Public Defender Investigator I is the entry-level civil service position. One year of prior experience as a criminal defense investigator or its equivalent is required, as well as a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study. Substitutions are available (see job description at website listed below). Investigators in this classification investigate both felony and misdemeanor cases, depending upon the relevant experience of the investigator. Information regarding salary and benefits can be found here. Please check for openings at Contra Costa Career Pages.


Public Defender Investigator II: CCPD investigators are promoted into this position after successful completion of three years of criminal defense investigation or its equivalent. One of the years must have involved working in a public defender’s office. Investigator IIs work on more complex cases and may occasionally supervise subordinate investigative staff. Information regarding salary and benefits can be found here.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

CCPD is an equal opportunity employer; we actively seek diversity among our staff. CCPD does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, medical condition, physical or sensorial disability, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation or veteran's status. CCPD seeks to hire, develop and advance, on the basis of professional ability, attorneys of varying backgrounds in sufficient numbers to ensure that the composition of the firm at all levels reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.

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