District Attorney

Mission Overview of the District Attorney’s Office

The District Attorney holds a constitutional office and is the public prosecutor acting on behalf of the people. As the public prosecutor, the District Attorney shall attend the courts, and within his or her discretion shall initiate and conduct on behalf of the people all prosecutions for public offenses. (Cal. Gov. C. 26500). Additionally, the District Attorney is vested with the independent power to detect crime and to investigate criminal activity. Daily operations are handled by the District Attorney, the Chief Deputy District Attorney, two Deputy District Attorneys, the Chief of the Bureau of Investigations, and the Director of Victim/Witness Assistance.

The District Attorney has a dedicated staff that supports the efforts and responsibilities of the office. Each employee of the District Attorney’s Office is expected to adopt the highest standards of ethical behavior and professionalism. Each employee, moreover, is integral to achieving the mission of the Office to prosecute criminal behavior and to protect the citizens of Colusa County. At all times, the mission of the District Attorney’s Office is to faithfully discharge the law in a fair and evenhanded manner and to see that justice is done.

No person is above the law nor beneath its protection.

Matthew R. Beauchamp,
District Attorney