Welcome to the official website of the Buchanan County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. We are pleased to provide information to the citizens of Buchanan County concerning our office, the services that we provide, and news that may be of interest to you.
We look forward to serving the citizens of Buchanan County, and we encourage you to contact our office at any time should you need our assistance.
Responsibilities of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office serves an incredibly important role in the criminal justice system. Commonly referred to as the District Attorney in most states, the Commonwealth’s Attorney is the legal representative for the citizens of Buchanan County and has the duty of seeking justice when the laws of our Commonwealth are violated.
As a leader of the criminal justice system in Buchanan County, the Commonwealth’s Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of misdemeanor and felony violations of law in the Circuit Court, General District Court, and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. In a typical year, our office will handle around one thousand felony cases in the Buchanan County Circuit Court and thousands more in the district courts.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney provides legal advice to the police concerning sufficiency of evidence, which charges should be made, and other legal issues concerning the investigations of crime. The Commonwealth’s Attorney is also the legal advisor to the Grand Jury while also serving as an administrator, and a public servant with policy-making responsibilities.