Divisions & Units
The Pierce County Prosecutor's Office is made up of three primary divisions: Criminal, Civil and Family Support. Our staff members in each division are committed to serving the citizens of Pierce County and pursuing justice.
Criminal DivisionThe largest division in the office is comprised of six subdivisions: Felony, Homicide, Juvenile, Appeals, Misdemeanor, and Victim Witness Assistance Services.
units, based on the type of crime committed.
The Appeals Division defends all criminal convictions obtained by the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office, when those convictions are challenged on appeal or by collateral attack.
Prosecutes all offenders between the ages of 8 and 17 who commit felonies and misdemeanors within Pierce County.
Upholding the rights of victims is a top priority for the Prosecutor's Office. Victims and witnesses of crimes committed in Pierce County can contact the Victim Witness Assistance Services Unit for help. Specially trained advocates provide variety of resources to thousands of victims and witnesses every year in each division.
Provides accurate and timely legal advice to county officials and represents the county's interests in court. Deputy prosecutors in the Civil Division have extensive experience concerning the many constitutional, statutory and administrative provisions and court decisions which apply to governmental activities.
Defending the county when sued, and filing suit for the county when necessary, our litigators have appeared in many venues, from local courts to the United States Supreme Court. Using staff attorneys in litigation develops expertise in governmental issues and is significantly more economical than hiring private counsel. The Civil Division evaluates cases fairly, negotiates where appropriate and litigates when necessary, thereby protecting scarce public resources.
By providing sound legal advice to help county leaders perform their duties, we serve the public through the practice of law. This division is comprised of multiple specialized units.
The Family Support Division represents the Division of Child Support, a DSHS agency. The division works with child support agencies throughout Washington State, the U.S. and abroad to establish and enforce child support and to protect the best interests of children in accordance with the laws of Washington State. The division processes more than 5,000 referrals per year.