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Paralegals are the central liaison for local police departments, the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), the MSP Crime Lab and other state and federal agencies. Paralegals support Assistant District Attorneys, local police department investigators and the State Police assigned to the MDAO by assisting with case-related matters from the initial investigations through to trials. Specific duties include:

  • Assist in case preparation, pretrial and trial preparation, both in and outside the courtroom
  • Compile and analyze case documents such as 911 tapes, booking and incident reports, penitentiary packets, financial records, certified prior convictions, medical records, cellular and landline phone records and drug certifications
  • Develop and follow research trails using internal and external tools and databases
  • Locate victims and witnesses
  • Assemble trial exhibits
  • Create maps, diagrams, and layouts for use as visual aids for trial
  • Review legal forms for accuracy
  • Coordinate case schedules with courts, law enforcement officials, witnesses and defense attorneys
  • Manage case files
  • Photocopy and collate case related documents
  • Other tasks as assigned from time to time