About the Erie County DA's Office
District Attorney John J. Flynn is the chief law enforcement officer who represents the citizens of Erie County in criminal matters.
The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for the just prosecution of nearly every crime committed in Erie County, which includes the prosecution of misdemeanor cases in the city, town and village courts; the prosecution of felony cases in State Supreme Court and Erie County Court; and the prosecution of cases in several specialty courts. Our office is also responsible for all post-conviction litigation in state and federal appellate courts.
In addition to annually litigating approximately 35,000 criminal cases in over 60 different courts, the District Attorney's Office presents cases to the Grand Jury and serves as its legal advisor. Our office also provides legal advice and investigative support to all federal, state and county agencies regarding criminal activity in Erie County.
The work performed by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office is mandated by the Constitution and laws of the State of New York. Our office provides prosecutors to all local, county, state and specialty courts that maintain a criminal docket.
The District Attorney, along with senior staff of Deputy District Attorneys, oversee and advise Assistant District Attorneys on all investigations and prosecutions; review all felony cases and selected misdemeanor cases; assure that prosecutors are properly trained; implement office policies; and have the authority to sign indictments. The Chief of Administration is the office manager who supervises all non-attorney staff and oversees other general office operations.