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What is a Prosecutor?

The Prosecuting Attorney is an elected official with a four-year term as provided by the Michigan Constitution. Elections occur at the time of the Presidential election, on the partisan ballot. The elected county Prosecuting Attorney is independent of the Michigan Attorney General.

The Prosecuting Attorney's office is responsible for a wide array of functions for the County, including:

  • Act as chief law enforcement official for the County;
  • Review, authorize and prosecute violations of felony and misdemeanor criminal laws of the State of Michigan and County ordinances committed inside the County;
  • Authorize and prosecute felony and misdemeanor juvenile delinquency offenses;
  • Represent the County in criminal matters before the District and Circuit Courts; Juvenile delinquency, parental neglect, and appeals in the Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court;
  • Attend contested mental health commitment hearings.