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What is the purpose of the district attorney?
The district attorney is an elected state officer with a four-year term whose primary duty is to file criminal charges against and prosecute persons accused of crimes committed in the district. The districts represented by District Attorneys correspond roughly to the State's judicial districts.
Duties of the District Attorney:
- Prosecute in the trial courts all crimes in the district - felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile cases, and traffic cases.
- Provide legal opinions and advice to the Board of County Commissioners and other County officers.
- Represent the County in any civil lawsuit involving the County in state or federal court.
- Represent any County employee in court in any action involving the employee's official conduct and duties.
- Assist a grand jury by issuing subpoenas, examining witnesses, advising the grand jury, and drafting indictments.
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