The Criminal Division supervises the enforcement of all federal criminal laws except those that are specifically assigned to other divisions. However, the scope of the Criminal Division's jurisdiction is not limited to criminal matters but extends to civil matters as well.
The Criminal Division will provide assistance to a U.S. Attorney in any matter within the jurisdiction of the Division. The Division will also attempt to assist a U.S. Attorney in any matter related to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure or Speedy Trial Problems. Finally, the Division will serve as a conduit for a U.S. Attorney to a higher authority within or without the Department on matters within its jurisdiction.
[updated October 2018]