Superior Court Assistant District Attorneys
Assistant District Attorneys assigned to Superior Court Trial Team prosecute most felony crimes, such as murder, rape, armed robbery and motor vehicle homicide, in the three Superior Courts in Essex County. They also present these cases to the Grand Jury for indictment.
District Court Assistant District Attorneys
The Assistant District Attorneys assigned to the District Court handle the vast majority of cases that come before the 8 District Courts and 4 Juvenile Courts in Essex County. All criminal charges are arraigned in District Court. Felony crimes are then presented to the Grand Jury for indictment and tried in the Superior Court. Specialized Domestic Violence Units are located in Lawrence and Lynn District Courts and an Animal Cruelty Unit serves all District Courts and will handle those cases in Superior Court if necessary.
The Appeals Division handles all appeals and other matters in the Appeals Court, Supreme Judicial Court and Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County, as well as some post-conviction matters in the trial courts, cases before the Parole Board, summonses and subpoenas, and public records requests. Among other duties, it also provides litigation support for trial assistant district attorneys and training for prosecutors, police and others.
Family Crimes And Sexual Assault Unit
The Family Crimes and Sexual Assault Unit is a multidisciplinary unit that focuses on the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse cases. It is comprised of Assistant District Attorneys, Victim-Witness Advocates, Forensic Interviewers and Police Investigators. The Unit is dedicated to providing specialized investigative approaches, assessment tools, prosecution strategies, and victim-witness services for crimes involving sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and disabled persons abuse. The Unit works closely with the Department of Children and Families, Elder Services Agencies and the Disabled Persons Protection Commission.
State Police Detective Unit
Massachusetts State Police detectives are assigned to the Essex District Attorney's Office to investigate all sudden and unattended deaths, as well as homicides that take place in Essex County. The Unit also investigates cases of child sexual and physical abuse, sexual assault, kidnapping, missing persons and white-collar crime.