The Back Story will provide you with the tools to help you understand the duties and responsibilities of the District Attorney.
The topics in the Table of Contents will be covered over the next six months.
Standards on Prosecutorial Investigations
ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Prosecutorial Investigations
Approved February 2008
A prosecutor’s investigative role, responsibilities and potential liability are different from the prosecutor’s role and responsibilities as a courtroom advocate. These Standards are intended as a guide to conduct for a prosecutor actively engaged in a criminal investigation or performing a legally mandated investigative responsibility, e.g., serving as legal advisor to an investigative grand jury or as an applicant for a warrant to intercept communications. These Standards are intended to supplement the Prosecution Function Standards, not to supplant them. These Standards may not be applicable to a prosecutor serving in a minor supporting role to an investigation undertaken and directed by law enforcement agents.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
STANDARD 1.1 The Function of These Standards
STANDARD 1.2 General Principles
STANDARD 2.4 Use of Confidential Informants
STANDARD 2.7 Use of Subpoenas
PART 3: PROSECUTOR’S ROLE IN RESOLVING INVESTIGATION PROBLEMS