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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is unique among U.S. Attorney’s Offices in its size and scope. Like other U.S. Attorney’s Offices, this Office is responsible for enforcing federal criminal laws and representing the United States in civil actions. Unlike other U.S. Attorney’s Offices, this Office is responsible for enforcing local criminal laws, and nearly half of our Assistant U.S. Attorneys work to fulfill that responsibility. The Office is divided into five litigating divisions: the Superior Court Division, which prosecutes local criminal cases; the Criminal Division, which prosecutes federal criminal cases; the Appellate Division, which handles appeals of criminal convictions in local and federal court; the Special Proceedings Division, which handles all post-conviction litigation in local and federal court; and the Civil Division, which represents the United States in civil cases in the District of Columbia.
We are responsible not only for the prosecution of all federal crimes, but also for the prosecution of all serious local crimes committed by adults in the District of Columbia. We are authorized by statute to prosecute 16- and 17-year old offenders as adults for certain serious violent crimes. In addition, we represent the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court in the District of Columbia. As the principal prosecutor for all criminal offenses in this jurisdiction, and as the principal litigator for the United States in the nation’s capital, this Office has an extensive practice before nearly 100 judges in the federal and local courts, and offers unique opportunities for important public service.
These reports highlight the organization and work of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in prior years