The Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney is an elected official who represents the citizens of Cuyahoga County in both criminal and civil legal matters. The Office of the Prosecutor employs over 350 people, including 220 assistant prosecuting attorneys and about 120 professional staff to provide technical, clerical and administrative expertise. The office headquarters are in the Cuyahoga County Justice Center, with other offices in the Juvenile Justice Center and the Department of Children & Family Services.
The State of Ohio, through the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 309, empowers the county prosecuting attorney with the duty and obligation to:
“Inquire into the commission of crimes within the county. The prosecuting attorney shall prosecute, on behalf of the state, all complaints, suits, and controversies in which the state is a party,… and other suits, matters, and controversies that the prosecuting attorney is required to prosecute within or outside the county, in the probate court, court of common pleas, and court of appeals. In conjunction with the attorney general, the prosecuting attorney shall prosecute in the supreme court cases arising in the prosecuting attorney’s county.”