The Criminal Litigation Division consists of a Deputy Attorney General and two Assistant Attorneys General.
Prosecute criminal cases in the circuit courts throughout the state, primarily major felonies, such as aggravated assaults, kidnappings, grand thefts, and homicides.
The Division becomes involved in these cases in one of four ways:
- A review of DCI investigative reports leads to criminal charges
Cases are generated through the work of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The DCI is the investigative and enforcement arm of the office. Field agents and forensic lab personnel compile investigative reports, which are submitted to the Litigation Division for review. A decision is then made on whether or not to pursue criminal charges.
- Local State's Attorneys ask the Division for assistance
Local State's Attorneys often ask the Division to assist in particularly serious or complex cases. Typically, the two offices agree to "co-chair" a case, resulting in responsibilities and resources being shared amongst the local prosecutor and the Litigation Division.
- Charges span multiple counties
The Division may become involved when charges span several counties. As opposed to State's Attorneys who are limited to jurisdiction within their own county, Assistant Attorneys General can prosecute criminal charges statewide. In that case, the Division may simultaneously file charges against a single defendant in two or more counties.
- A crime is committed within the walls of any state correctional facility
The Division is responsible for prosecuting all crimes committed within the walls of the State Penitentiary and other state correctional facilities.