Chief of the Trial Division
Staff attorneys in the Trial Division zealously represent adults in criminal proceedings
in the District of Columbia Superior Court (Superior Court) and children in delinquency matters.
Attorneys are assigned to specific levels of cases based on experience and performance. As a result of intensive supervision and ongoing training, attorneys generally progress over
the course of several years from litigating juvenile delinquency matters to litigating the
most serious adult offenses.
The most seasoned attorneys in the Trial Division handle complex and resource-intensive adult cases. Senior PDS attorneys routinely
handle cases involving DNA evidence, expert testimony, multiple-count indictments,
and novel or complex legal matters. This group of highly trained litigators
provides representation in the majority of the most serious adult felony cases filed
in the Superior Court each year.
Less senior Trial Division staff attorneys handle
the most difficult or resource-intensive delinquency cases (i.e., those with serious charges or
children with serious mental illnesses or learning disabilities) and handle some general
felony cases and a limited number of misdemeanor cases. Trial Division staff attorneys
also provide representation in a wide range of other legal matters through
PDS’s Duty Day Program and the Superior Court’s Drug Court Program.