The Office


What is a Commonwealth’s Attorney anyway?

Commonwealth’s Attorney refers to the county’s elected prosecutor of felony and misdemeanors crimes. Other states call this position District Attorney or State’s Attorney, which differ from County Attorneys or City Attorneys who have more limited authority.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney is actually the highest law enforcement official in a jurisdiction. He or she is a constitutional officer, which means the position is defined in the Virginia Constitution. Our Commonwealth’s Attorney in Nelson County is also responsible for appointing and supervising the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney.