The prosecutors and support staff assigned to the Buffalo City Court Bureau and Justice Courts Bureau service the 39 local (city, town and village) courts in Erie County.
The Buffalo City Court Bureau has the highest volume of cases (approximately 19,000 annually) in the District Attorney’s Office. The court is in session 365 days per year. Assistant District Attorneys must therefore be present for proceedings every day, including all weekends and holidays. Buffalo City Court is comprised of nine regular criminal parts and five specialty parts (Domestic Violence, Juvenile, Drug, Mental Health and Veteran’s Court).
Buffalo City Court prosecutors have many in-court and out-of-court duties. All cases, whether felonies or misdemeanors, must be reviewed for legal and factual sufficiency. City Court prosecutors must also direct follow-up investigation, conduct legal research, respond to motions, obtain statements from witnesses, locate and secure evidence, conduct pre-trial hearings, and take cases to trial if they cannot be resolved by a plea bargain.