The United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer of the United States for the District of Arizona. Additionally, the United States Attorney serves as the District of Arizona's principal litigator under the direction of the Attorney General.
The United States Attorney is appointed by, and serves at the discretion of, the President of the United States, with advice and consent of the United States Senate.
United States Attorney conducts most of the trial work in which the United States is a party. The United States Attorneys have three statutory responsibilities under Title 28, Section 547 of the United States Code:
- the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal government;
- the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party; and
- the collection of debts owed the Federal government which are administratively uncollectible.
Each United States Attorney exercises wide discretion in the use of his/her resources to further the priorities of the local jurisdictions and needs of their communities. The Arizona District prosecutes one of the highest and diverse case loads in the nation ranging from crime on Indian Country, White collar crime, civil rights and immigration and border security.