The United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer of the United States for the District of Arizona.
The United States Attorney is appointed by, and serves at the discretion of, the President of the United States, with the advice and consent of the United States Senate.
The United States Attorney conducts most of the trial work in which the United States is a party. 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 that are administratively uncollectible.
The District of Arizona faces unique geographical challenges and resource demands. In addition to sharing a 375-mile border with Mexico, the District of Arizona serves as the exclusive felony prosecutor for nearly all of the 22 federally-recognized Indian tribes whose reservations fall in whole or in part within Arizona. As a result, the District of Arizona's charging figures are consistently among the highest of all United States Attorney's Offices.