Commonwealth's Attorney

Purpose

The Commonwealth's Attorney represents the Commonwealth of Virginia as prosecutor in the General District Court, the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, the Circuit Court, and in the Court of Appeals.

Duties

The Commonwealth's Attorney is an elected, Constitutional, sworn law-enforcement official, independent in his duties from the County and State. His duties, responsibilities, and privileges are set out in the State Constitution, the Code of Virginia, and are supplemented by local ordinances. His main duty is the prosecution of criminal cases. He is assisted in this task by assistant prosecutors and support staff.

Additional Responsibilities

The Commonwealth's Attorney also acts as a legal advisor on criminal issues for many State and local law enforcement agencies, such as the: 

He also investigates and prosecutes conflict of interest charges.