Justice System Integrity Division
No one is above the law, especially those who are sworn to uphold
it. Those who are charged with enforcing the laws of the State of
California must themselves scrupulously obey the law. They must lead
by example, and that example must be based on principles of honesty,
integrity, credibility and accountability.
When judges, attorneys,
police officers, and others working in the
justice system break the law, they must be held accountable for
their actions. The District Attorney created the Justice System
Integrity Division (JSID), a team of highly experienced
prosecutors and investigators, to ensure just that. JSID – with
enhanced cooperation from local and federal agencies – provides the
resources to detect, investigate, and prosecute criminal misconduct
among those sworn to uphold the law.
By doing so, JSID deters criminal wrongdoing and helps raise
confidence in law enforcement, the courts, and the justice system in
Judicial Official Misconduct
The Justice System Integrity Division investigates and prosecutes
any allegation of criminal misconduct by a judicial officer. A
judicial officer is defined as a judge, commissioner, referee, or
administrative law judge hearing criminal or civil matters, whether
active or retired.
"Criminal misconduct" includes conduct directly attributable to
his or her official duties, or any conduct outside of those duties.
This includes felony and misdemeanor violations of the law.
Attorney Criminal Misconduct
JSID investigates and prosecutes any allegation of criminal
misconduct by an attorney practicing civil or criminal law. This
applies to crimes directly attributable to his or her fiduciary
duties (Example: theft from a client’s trust fund), as well as
criminal acts that bear no relationship to his or her role as an
attorney (Example: illegal drug possession). JSID responsibilities
also include cases of attorneys who practice law while disbarred,
suspended or otherwise ineligible to lawfully practice law.
Criminal Misconduct Among Law Enforcement
Peace officers are critical to public safety and perform an
important role in the justice system. It is crucial that their
conduct – especially when it involves allegations of abuse – be
carefully reviewed, both by their agency and the District Attorney’s
JSID is responsible for investigating and prosecuting any
allegation of criminal misconduct committed by a peace officer as
defined by Penal Code Section 830.1 et seq. This pertains to crimes
committed while either on or off duty. Parole and probation officers
also come within the scope of this policy.
Police Misconduct Referral Protocols
To ensure that allegations of criminal misconduct are
appropriately investigated and prosecuted, the District Attorney has
established clear guidelines for their referral:
Officer-involved Shootings (OIS) and
Matters involving the use of force, especially when death or
serious bodily injury occurs, are often the most scrutinized matters
involving a peace officer. The community has a right to know whether
or not an officer lawfully used deadly force in the application of
his or her duties. It is incumbent upon the District Attorney’s
Office to investigate officer-involved shootings and deaths that
occur while a person is in the custody of a peace officer.
To that end, the District Attorney’s Office has established the
District Attorney Response Team (D.A.R.T.). Whenever a law
enforcement shooting within the County of Los Angeles injures or
fatally wounds a person, an experienced deputy district attorney and
a senior investigator respond to the scene and conduct an
independent investigation into the matter. The District Attorney’s
Office also conducts independent investigations whenever force has
been used against a person who is in the custody of a law
enforcement officer and it appears that the force may have been the
proximate cause of death.
Justice System Integrity Division
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
210 West Temple St., Rm. 17-1114
Los Angeles, CA. 90012
Phone: (213) 974-3888
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05 Apr 2012