The District Court Bureau is responsible for prosecuting violations and misdemeanor crimes. Most newly hired Assistant District Attorneys begin their careers in the District Court Bureau and, with training and experience, become the future of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Working as a team, with the leadership of experienced trial attorneys, members of the District Court Bureau gain investigative and trial experience and develop into superior prosecutors.
The District Court Bureau has implemented a “vertical prosecution" model, resulting in each case being so that a case is assigned to an individual Assistant District Attorney prior to or at arraignment and that file remains with that same Assistant through trial, plea or any disposition. The Assistants in the District Court Bureau evaluate all cases by balancing justice and fairness while adhering to all of the ethical obligations of a prosecutor. The Assistants learn how to prepare witnesses for hearings and trials and are taught the intricacies of picking a jury, the legal requirements of an opening statement, the importance of a detailed direct examination, the fundamentals of cross examination and the importance of a well thought out summation.
While working in the District Court Bureau, the Assistant District Attorneys have opportunities to second seat felony trial Assistants in County Court and learn from these experiences. With proper advancement of knowledge and skills, District Court Assistant District Attorneys will move into the various senior bureaus within the three divisions: the Trial Division, Criminal Investigations Division and the Special Investigations Division. At the conclusion of an Assistant’s assignment to the District Court Bureau, they will be prepared for the challenges that will await them when they are promoted and assigned to any of our excellent felony bureaus.
In addition, the District court Bureau has an internship program and externship program which allows students to work closely with the Assistants in the bureau and learn about the criminal justice system.