1-1.100 - Purpose
The United States Attorneys' Manual is designed as a quick and ready reference for United States Attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys, and Department attorneys responsible for the prosecution of violations of federal law. It contains general policies and some procedures relevant to the work of the United States Attorneys' offices and to their relations with the legal divisions, investigative agencies, and other components within the Department of Justice. It is available on the Internet at https://www.justice.gov/usam
The Manual provides only internal Department of Justice guidance. It is not intended to, does not, and may not be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by any party in any matter civil or criminal. Nor are any limitations hereby placed on otherwise lawful litigative prerogatives of the Department of Justice.
1-1.200 - Authority
The United States Attorneys' Manual was prepared under the general supervision of the Attorney General and under the direction of the Deputy Attorney General, by the United States Attorneys, represented by the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys, the Litigating Divisions, the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, and the Justice Management Division. See A.G. Order 665-76. The Executive Office for United States Attorneys coordinates the periodic revision of the Manual in consultation with the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General and Associate Attorney General.
This Manual is intended to be comprehensive. When the Manual conflicts with earlier Department statements, except for Attorney General's statements, the Manual will control. Should a situation arise in which a Department policy statement predating the Manual relates to a subject not addressed in the Manual, the prior statement controls, but this situation should be brought to the attention of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, Manual Staff, Department of Justice, Room 2262, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20530.
1-1.300 - Disclosure
The Manual is available on the Internet at https://www.justice.gov/usam.
1-1.400 - Organization
The Manual is divided into nine (9) titles:
- Title 1—General
- Title 2—Appeals
- Title 3—Executive Office for United States Attorneys
- Title 4—Civil
- Title 5—Environment and Natural Resources
- Title 6—Tax
- Title 7—Antitrust
- Title 8—Civil Rights
- Title 9—Criminal
[updated May 2009]
1-1.600 - Revisions
Substantive changes to the Manual are submitted by the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, Associate Attorney General, a litigating division or the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA). Substantive changes submitted by an Assistant Attorney General for a litigating division or the Director EOUSA must be reviewed by the Attorney General's Advisory Committee (AGAC) before being incorporated into the Manual. If the AGAC objects to the proposed change, it will meet with the litigating division or EOUSA to resolve. Unresolved issues will be resolved by the Deputy Attorney General or Attorney General. Policy changes issued by the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, and Associate Attorney General are effective upon issuance. Please call (202) 252 -1374 for inquiries about changes to the USAM.
Clerical changes to the Manual do not require review by the Advisory Committee and can be incorporated directly into the Manual. Clerical changes should be sent to the USAM staff through the Director, EOUSA.
[updated October 2016] [cited in Criminal Resource Manual 1841]