As the largest local prosecutorial agency
in the nation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
has a jurisdiction covering 4,083 square miles. The territory
stretches from Antelope Valley to Long Beach, from Pomona to Malibu.
On average the District Attorney's Office prosecutes more than
63,000 felony and 145,000 misdemeanor charges a year.
Cases from the central Los Angeles City
prosecuted downtown at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice
Center by the Bureau of Central Operations.
Cases outside the central district are prosecuted by branch
and area offices. Head deputy district attorneys
run the main branch offices; deputies-in-charge run the
branches’ smaller area offices. All office locations work closely
with local police to prosecute crimes in their respective regions.
Branch and area offices prosecute the majority of cases in the
District Attorney’s Office.
Certain types of cases require expert attention and are handled
by special division or units. Prosecutors in these units focus on
certain types of crimes and are specially trained to prosecute them.
Special division and units - as well as prosecutors in the
Victim Impact Program - vertically prosecute
crimes, which means that one deputy district attorney handles the
case from beginning to end.
You may view the office’s organizational
chart by clicking
The District Attorney of Los Angeles, as a constitutional
officer and the public prosecutor acting on behalf of the people, is
vested with the independent power to conduct prosecutions for public
offenses, to detect crime and to investigate criminal activity. The
District Attorney advises the Grand Jury in its investigations. By
law, the District Attorney sponsors and participates in programs to
improve the administration of justice.
The District Attorney fulfills these responsibilities through
the efforts of the employees of the Office of the District Attorney.
Each employee of the District Attorney's Office shall adopt the
highest standards of ethical behavior and professionalism. Each
employee, moreover, is integral to achieving the mission of the
Office and shares the District Attorney's obligation to enhance the
fundamental right of the people of Los Angeles County to a safe and
just society. At all times, the mission of the District Attorney's
Office shall be carried out in a fair, evenhanded and compassionate