The Supreme Court Trial Division includes four Felony Trial Bureaus, the Hate Crimes Bureau, and the Felony Operations.
Grand Jury Bureau
The Grand Jury Bureau oversees the coordination and presentation of all felony matters before the Grand Jury.
For more information, email GrandJury@queensda.org or call 718.286.6816.
Felony Conferencing Bureau
This newly created bureau coordinates and facilitates dispositions on felony complaints and works closely with the Grand Jury Bureau.
For more information, call 718.286.6026.
Felony Trial Bureaus
There are four Felony Trial Bureaus that handle felony dockets from inception to disposition. Assistant District Attorneys assigned to a Felony Trial Bureau are tasked with investigating cases, presenting cases to the Grand Jury, negotiating pleas and sentences, and conducting suppression hearings and trials.
Types of cases include illegal street level drug sales, auto thefts, assaults, burglaries, robberies, as well as weapon possession, attempted murder, vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, and more.
All ADAs receive ongoing training on how to handle all aspects of felony prosecution, including grand jury practice, motion practice, and litigation for hearings and trials.
ADAs may also participate in the Rider Program, where they respond to crime scenes, take statements, attend lineups, and ready search warrants if needed. They correspond with investigators on serious matters and are supervised by a veteran senior prosecutor during their rotations. Throughout this process, ADAs gain invaluable experience and become seasoned litigators ready to move up to more senior bureaus.
Another integral part of the Felony Trial Bureaus is the oversight and staffing of the Felony Problem Solving Courts, specifically, Queens Drug Court, Queens Mental Health Court, Queens DWI Court, Queens Veterans Court, and Queens Judicial Diversion Court in which addicts and/or defendants with mental illness have been placed in community-based treatment programs (i.e. long term residential treatment, outpatient and detox) in lieu of incarceration. These problem-solving, non-adversarial courts utilize the collaborative team approach, working with QDA’s Alternative Sentencing Unit, to manage and monitor defendants.
Hate Crimes Bureau
Queens County is one of the most diverse places in the world. Shortly after being sworn into Office, Queens DA Melinda Katz created the Hate Crimes bureau, one of the first bureaus dedicated exclusively to investigating and prosecuting hate crimes in the country.
The bureau is staffed by senior and experienced attorneys who have developed expertise in handling these challenging cases. They assist in the investigation from the commencement of the investigation and work closely with the New York City Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force and local precincts.
Additionally, the bureau actively interacts with the community, educating people about their rights and how to protect themselves from bias-motivated crimes and encouraging reporting.
For more information, email HateCrimes@queensda.org or call 718.286.7010.
The Legal Training Department is responsible for all tiered training of assistant district attorneys as well as the continuing legal education of the office's professional staff. The department administers career-oriented training programs which include an intensive four-week Incoming Orientation Training Program for new hires, a Felony Assistant/Grand Jury Training Program, meant to develop prosecutors as they progress in their career and begin handling felonies, as well as trial advocacy training for both Criminal Court and Supreme Court assistants. In addition to the career programs, the Legal Training Department administers Monthly Office-Wide CLEs and weekly CLEs designed to address issues specific to individual divisions and bureaus.