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Felony Major Crimes Trial Section

John Gidez, Chief
Jennifer Kerkhoff, Deputy Chief

The General Crimes Section includes two units: the Felony Trial Unit and Misdemeanor Trial Unit. The General Crimes Section handles most of the cases prosecuted in D.C. Superior Court.

The Felony Trial Unit is responsible for the post-indictment prosecution of most felony cases brought in the Superior Court. The Section's attorneys handle a variety of cases involving trafficking, weapons offenses and stolen vehicles.

The Misdemeanor Trial Section prosecutes most Misdemeanor crimes in the District of Columbia, including offenses involving narcotics and weapons possession, theft, prostitution, animal cruelty, illegal dumping, destruction of property, threats and simple assault. The Section is divided into teams that typically include four attorneys, a paralegal and a legal assistant. Each team is assigned to one judge sitting on the Superior Court misdemeanor calendar. Members of the Section are in the court every day trying cases. The Section also administers various diversion programs.

The Felony Major Crimes Section is a vertical trial section. The section is divided into six units, which parallel the Metropolitan Police Department’s seven police districts, with the exception of the second and third districts which have been combined. The duties and responsibilities of prosecutors assigned to the various districts vary based on experience and uniqueness of the respective police districts. The complexity of the cases assigned to FMC prosecutors will increase commensurate with the prosecutor’s progress in the section. In order to accomplish this goal, prosecutors will typically serve in three different phases during their tenure in the section. During Phase One, prosecutors learn to investigate cases and utilize the grand jury. Prosecutors will then move to Phase Two where they are assigned more difficult cases and continue to develop their investigative and litigation skills. Finally, after demonstrating sustained proficiency in investigating and trying case, prosecutors become eligible to move to Phase Three, where they will be assigned the most serious cases in the section.

Updated May 3, 2017

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