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|Plaquemines Parish District Attorney
25th Judicial District
301-A Main Street
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Main Phone: (504) 297-5146
|“I invite all citizens to get involved in improving the criminal justice system. There are many opportunities to do so, from volunteering with our courts and law enforcement agencies, to being ready and able to serve on juries and grand juries. I would also encourage you to be alert to efforts to undermine the strength of our criminal laws and to counter such by recognizing those who dedicate their lives to keep our parish a safe place to live and raise a family.”– Charles J. Ballay, District Attorney
Quick fact: What is the role of the Prosecutor?
The Supreme Court answered this question in the landmark case of Berger v. United States, 295 u.s. 78 (1935) where. . .
“The United States Attorney is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern all; and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done. As such, he is in [a] peculiar and very definite sense that servant of the law, the two fold aim which is that guilt shall not escape nor innocence suffer. He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor—indeed, he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one.”