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Desk Appearance Ticket/Discovery (DAT) Writer, Early Case Assessment Bureau

Legal Affairs with Bronx District Attorney’s Office

Employment Type and Schedule Full-time

Salary $50,000 per year

Work Location Bronx

Last Updated Last updated on Apr 19, 2023

Description Description

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office is seeking a well-qualified staff whose diverse backgrounds reflect an ability to serve the over 1.4 million members of the Bronx County community and pursue a safer Bronx through fair justice. The Early Case Assessment Bureau (ECAB), is responsible for processing all Felony and Misdemeanor arrests issued by the New York City Police Department or other law enforcement agencies in Bronx County. The Desk Appearance Ticket/Discovery (DAT) Unit is responsible for processing all DATs issued by the New York City Police Department or other law enforcement agencies in Bronx County. A DAT Writer is responsible for interviewing the arresting police officer, victims, and necessary witnesses to determine if the facts alleged should result in a criminal prosecution by the District Attorney’s Office. Additionally, the DAT Writer is responsible for obtaining the necessary case documents and Initiating Discovery prior to arraignment of the case.

Job Responsibilities:

Interview witnesses (law enforcement and civilian witnesses) and address inquiries regarding case status, procedural issues, and criminal charges

Analyze and assess factual scenarios (without taking notes) and prepare legal affidavits

Obtain all necessary documents and from NYPD and other agencies to aid in case assessment and discovery

Communicate and obtain any video/digital recordings like body cam video and prepare them for discovery

Assist with other unit tasks and perform all other duties as assigned


A baccalaureate degree or a paralegal certificate is preferred OR a High School diploma/GED and two (2) years prior work experience in a law firm or a governmental agency

Minimum one (1) year of legal work experience preferred

Familiarity with general court procedures, services, and functions

Computer literacy, proficiency in typing and knowledge of Microsoft Office

Ability to effectively and professionally communicate and interact with supervisors, colleagues, law enforcement, civilians, District Attorney, and court personnel, as well as other agencies

Excellent organizational skills, strong attention to detail with the ability to handle a high volume of cases in a fast paced environment.

Ability to assess, draft, and type case synopsis and legal affidavits based upon facts presented.

Engage in witness contact and communication

Proficient in Microsoft Office, One Drive and Adobe Pro

Ability to work days, nights and weekends

Ability to take the initiative to implement systems that ensure work is done both accurately and efficiently

Requirements Requirements

1. High school graduation or equivalent and three years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to duties described above; or
2. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to „1” above.