What Does the District Attorney Do?
As chief prosecutor for the Fourteenth District of Oklahoma, District Attorney Tim
Harris and his staff of prosecutors literally serve as the people's attorneys. Elected
by Tulsa County voters in 1998, Harris and his assistants are responsible for reviewing
police and law enforcement investigations to determine whether the facts and the
law warrant filing an information (or charge) to initiate a criminal prosecution
against a named person.
There are 50 attorneys and a total staff of 105 public servants working under the
District Attorney’s direction. They prosecute criminals, work on behalf of victims,
collect more than $1 million in bogus check restitution for small businesses in
Tulsa County, advocate for deprived and neglected children, and promote
crime prevention and intervention. The District Attorney also represents Tulsa County and its Officials
and Boards in all civil legal matters. These are a few of the many jobs Harris and
his staff perform as ministers of justice.
"Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together."