The District Attorney, as the chief law enforcement officer of the county, is mandated by law to sign all bills of indictment and conduct in court all criminal and other prosecutions in the name
of the Commonwealth. He is also a minister of justice and must exercise his duties with complete impartiality.
The District Attorney has jurisdiction over all felony, misdemeanor, and summary offenses. In addition, he is responsible for providing legal guidance in criminal matters for various police agencies and county departments.
The District Attorney's office works frequently with other county agencies such as Juvenile Probation, Children and Youth Services, Area Agency on Aging, Human Services, Prison, Adult Probation, County Home, and a long list of state agencies in providing the best possible criminal justice service to the citizens of York County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The daily functions of the District Attorney's office demands the full time teamwork of dedicated professionals consisting of Attorneys, Administrative Staff, and Detectives. This team currently processes approximately 8,500 new adult cases each year. We also become involved in probation and parole violations, juvenile delinquency matters, criminal contempt petitions, appeals, and criminal investigations.
The District Attorney's office is located in the York County Judicial Center, 45 North George Street York, PA 17401, and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Deputy prosecutors and investigative personnel are assigned on call status and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by pager or through a 911 dispatcher.
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The Office of District Attorney of York County seeks justice for crime victims, the community and criminal defendants while aggressively and impartially prosecuting crimes that occur within this jurisdiction. Further, we strive to exercise our prosecutorial discretion in a manner which will both improve the law and cause it to conform to the needs of society.
Primary Functions Performed by the District Attorney’s Office
1) Prosecute all misdemeanor, felony and homicide cases before the Court of Common Pleas of York County.
2) Provide investigative support and advice to all local police.
3) Provide assistance to victims of crime.
4) Provide training and assistance to agencies combating child abuse and domestic violence.
5) Conduct educational programs in local schools.