district attorney
district attorney n: the prosecuting officer of a judicial district see also state's attorney

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

district attorney
I noun accuser, attorney for the people, attorney representing the state's interest, law enforcement agent, the people, prosecuting attorney, the prosecution, prosecutor, public attorney, public pleader, public prosecutor, the state, state's attorney associated concepts: attorney general, county attorney, prosecuting attorney, state's attorney II index prosecutor

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


district attorney
n.
A public officer of a state or county whose duty is to prosecute those accused of crimes within the area; different states use different titles, including prosecuting attorney, county attorney, state’s attorney, or solicitor. See also United States Attorney

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


District Attorney
(DA)
A lawyer who is elected or chosen by local government officials to represent the state government in criminal cases brought in a designated county or judicial district. A DA's duties typically include reviewing police arrest reports, deciding whether to bring criminal charges against arrested people, and prosecuting criminal cases in court. The DA may also supervise other attorneys, called Deputy District Attorneys or Assistant District Attorneys. In some states, a District Attorney may be called a Prosecuting Attorney, County Attorney, or State's Attorney. In the federal system, the equivalent to the DA is a United States Attorney. The country has many U.S. Attorneys, each appointed by the president, who supervise regional offices staffed with prosecutors called Assistant United States Attorneys.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


district attorney
n. A prosecutor in the state or municipal court system, often an elected official.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

District Attorney
   (D.A.)
n.
   an elected official of a county or a designated district with the responsibility for prosecuting crimes. The duties include managing the prosecutor's office, investigating alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement, and filing criminal charges or bringing evidence before the Grand Jury that may lead to an indictment for a crime. In some states a District Attorney is officially entitled County Attorney or State's Attorney. U.S. Attorneys are also called Federal District Attorneys and are prosecutors for districts (there are several in larger states) within the Department of Justice, are appointed by the President and serve at his/her pleasure.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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