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Fischbach reelected President of States Attorney Association

Posted: Friday, Jul 12th, 2013

Vic Fischbach has been reelected as the President of the States Attorney Association.

Fischbach was reelected on Thursday, May 9 as the President. The event took place in Deadwood, South Dakota and the decision was reached by unanimous vote.

The South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association (SDSAA) represents State’s Attorneys and local prosecutors in all 66 South Dakota Counties. Each county State’s Attorney is invited to membership. Associate members include Deputy State’s Attorneys, the Attorney General and Assistant Attorneys General, the United States Attorney, Assistant United States Attorneys, Tribal Prosecutors or other prosecutor in South Dakota. The SDSAA provides South Dakota prosecutors with continued education and training, and unifies the voice of prosecutors on local, state and national legal policy.

Fischbach served his previous two terms as Vice President of the SDSAA. Fischbach has the job of being the liason between numerous agencies and deciding legislation to bring forth to South Dakota state government.

In the United States, the State's Attorney (or State Attorney) is, most commonly, an elected official who represents the State (prosecution) in criminal prosecutions and is often the chief law enforcement officer of their respective county, circuit, or district. The position of State's Attorney is analogous to that of the District Attorney, Commonwealth's Attorney, County Attorney, County Prosecutor, Prosecuting Attorney (Prosecutor), or Solicitor (South Carolina).

The principal duties of the State's Attorneys are usually mandated by law and include representing the State in all criminal trials for crimes which occurred in the State's Attorneys geographical jurisdiction. The geographical jurisdiction of a State's Attorney may be delineated by the boundaries of a county, judicial circuit, or judicial district. Their duties generally include charging crimes through informations and/or grand jury indictments. After levying criminal charges, the State's Attorney will then prosecute those charged with a crime. This includes conducting discovery, plea bargaining, and trial.

In some jurisdictions, the State's Attorney may act as chief counsel for city police, county police, state police and all state law enforcement agencies within the State's Attorney's jurisdiction.

For the complete article see the 07-03-2013 issue.

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