What is the role of the district attorney in criminal proceedings?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Martin, 237 Cal.Rptr.3d 504, 26 Cal.App.5th 825 (Cal. App. 2018):

"[T]he district attorney of each county independently exercises all the executive branch's discretionary powers in the initiation and conduct of criminal proceedings. [Citations.]" ( People v. Eubanks (1996) 14 Cal.4th 580, 589, 59 Cal.Rptr.2d 200, 927 P.2d 310 ( Eubanks ).) "The charging function is the sole province of the executive." ( People v. Clancey (2013) 56 Cal.4th 562, 574, 155 Cal.Rptr.3d 485, 299 P.3d 131.)

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