“The first duty of society is justice.” Carved above the entrance to the South Tower of the Maricopa County Superior Court, these words by Alexander Hamilton aptly describe the work our prosecutors carry out each and every day on behalf of the public to hold criminals accountable for their actions.
Separate divisions within the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office are tasked with handling different types of cases.
Most cases are handled by attorneys in the Community-Based Prosecution Division while more serious offenses are assigned to one of ten specialized crime bureaus organized in the Major Offenders Division, Organized Crime Division, and Special Victims Division.
The Juvenile Crimes Division handles cases involving minors under the age of 18 accused of delinquent and incorrigible acts. “Delinquent” acts are misdemeanor or felony offenses while “incorrigible” acts are status offenses such as truancy or curfew violations.
The Investigations Division provides a range of services to support litigation and case management needs throughout the County Attorney’s Office. Comprised of sworn law enforcement officers and civilian specialists, the Investigations Division also assists local law enforcement agencies and community members with a variety of activities to ensure the safety of county residents.