Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: Part II: Responsibilities of OK's District Attorneys

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: Part II: Responsibilities of OK's District Attorneys

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Last week, I described the myriad duties of Oklahoma district attorneys, focusing on their commonly known criminal prosecution responsibilities. But did you know that all of Oklahoma's DAs also have civil court obligations, too?

By law, all of Oklahoma's district attorneys shall prosecute or defend in all courts, state and federal ... all civil actions or proceedings in which any county in the [DA] district is interested, or a party....

District attorneys also represent any county employee in court in any action involving the employee's official conduct or duties, with certain exceptions. Conversely, public employees or elected officials are not entitled to DA representation in purely private matters.

As an example, were a county to be sued in state or federal court, for money or other legal relief, the county would rely on its DA's office to defend the action.

Similarly, if a county employee were named a defendant in a civil action in state or federal court, that employee would be entitled to legal representation by the district attorney, so long as the case was related to the employee's public duties. …

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