- The efficient handling of all felony cases to ensure that swift, sure justice is handed out to those who present a threat to public safety.
- Compassionate awareness of the needs of citizens who have become the victims of crime.
- To be stewards of public funds by managing effectively and making the most use of public resources.
- Develop the capacity to anticipate and effectively deal with new threats to the safety and economic well-being.
- The people of Gwinnett County have the right to honest, effective prosecution in all cases where there is sufficient evidence.
The objective of the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office is to provide fair, effective and expeditious investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses within the County.
To conduct the prosecution of criminal matters in the Superior and Juvenile Courts of the County.
To investigate, prepare and present all felony cases referred to the Grand Jury and conduct special investigations initiated by the District Attorney's Office.
To represent the People in all appeals, legal motions and special proceedings relating the prosecution of defendants within the County.
To vigorously prosecute public servants and those within criminal justice system who would abuse and violate their public trust and public integrity.
To bring to justice those who abuse the vulnerable such as women and children.
The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office currently has thirty-four Investigators comprised of one Chief Investigator, one Assistant Chief Investigator and thirty-two Criminal Investigators.
These investigators are dedicated law enforcement professionals with an average of fifteen years’ experience in a variety of areas of expertise. Investigator duties include reviewing and critiquing cases made by local, state and federal agencies; completing investigative reports; locating and interviewing victims and witnesses; serving legal documents including subpoenas; locating, transporting and reviewing physical evidence for trial; testifying in court proceedings; special investigations conducted at the request of the District Attorney.
Investigators are on-call and available to assist law enforcement agencies in the field with homicide, special victims, large scale drug and gang investigations.
Eleven Investigators are assigned to specialized units: Computer/Phone Forensics Lab, Drug/Gang Task Force, Special Victims Unit, Juvenile Court, Cold Case and Public Corruption.
The Gwinnett District Attorney's Office has two Chief Assistant District Attorneys, Dan Mayfield - administration, and Lisa Jones - operations, two Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorneys, Rich Vandever and John Warr. Each Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney coordinates and supervises their assigned Trial Section which is made up of multiple trial divisions and special teams. In turn, each division is supervised by a Supervising Assistant District Attorney responsible for the coordination of all prosecutions assigned to one of ten Superior Court Judges or one of the three Juvenile Court Judges. In addition to the two Trial Sections, multiple special team sections which include the Special Victims Unit (SVU), the Drug & Gang Task Force (DGTF), the Juvenile Division, Accountability Courts, and the Appellate division. The SVU section is overseen by Deputy Chief Rich Vandever while the DGTF section is overseen by Deputy Chief John Warr. Chief Assistant District Attorney Lisa Jones directly oversees the Juvenile division, Accountability Courts, and the Appellate Division.
The two Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorneys, along with the two Chief Assistant District Attorneys and the District Attorney, rotate on-call status 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist any law enforcement organization working in Gwinnett County. In addition, the Deputy Chief Assistants are responsible for managing all Grand Jury presentations, and law enforcement trainings. The Chief Assistant for operations is responsible for managing all preliminary hearings and the Fast Track program.
Victim Witness Program
Many exciting changes have taken place over the last several years that have provided a new day for Georgia's crime victims. Gwinnett County has been and continues to be a leader in ensuring that crime victims receive those rights that are afforded to them under Georgia law.
No longer are crime victims kept at a distance from the criminal justice and judicial systems, but are now in the forefront of the information that is needed. The Gwinnett County Victim Witness Program is a full service program that begins when the crime is reported and only ends at the final disposition of the case.
Criminal victimization, while not an experience that any of us hope for, can at least be less traumatic when the proper information is available. It is our goal that all crime victims in Gwinnett County will have that information available to them when needed.
Under the Crime Victim's Bill of Rights, a list of these mandated notifications and victim rights are available to anyone who has been victimized. If you have questions as a crime victim, or as a witness to a crime, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are available to assist you in any why that we can.