Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office and prosecutors at a crime scene.
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The Victim Witness Assistance Unit provides advocacy services, information about the court process and referrals to community resources to victims and witnesses of crimes in accordance with the Massachusetts Victim Bill of Rights. Advocates provide crisis intervention counseling and support to victims of violent crimes and can assist victims of domestic violence in filing for abuse prevention orders.
The Appellate Division litigates post-conviction appeals and cases in which the Commonwealth itself pursues an appeal.
The Child Abuse Unit specializes in investigating and prosecuting cases involving the abuse of children and uses a child-friendly setting, the Children's Advocacy Center to help children feel comfortable and safe. The C.A.U. partners with local and national experts to seek just outcomes and to provide support, medical care, and mental health services to victims and their families. works to stop child abuse and child abusers, to protect children, and to keep children and families safe, healthy
The Elder and People with Disabilities Unit helps provide equal access to the criminal justice system for people with disabilities and for elder victims of crime. It aims to imporve protection, increase awareness and expand outreach and education for all segments of the community.
The State Police Detective Unit investigates major felonies and handles special investigations in the jurisdiction. The State Police Narcotics Unit works closely with the Detective Unit, local police and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute drug cases in the jurisdiction.
The Child Sexual Predator Project was launched in November 2011 and is funded by a United States Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant. It is an initiative of the Northwestern District Attorney's Office which seeks to protect children from sexual predators through the use of computer forensics, investigation, prosecution and education.
Community Prosecution is a pro-active, solutions based approach to justice where prosecutors are both a representative of and a leader in a community. Community prosecutors reach out to community groups, schools, faith-based groups and other community organizations to identify concerns and prioritize strategies for addressing them, working with local and state police and other government agencies to share intelligence, strategize, and support.
District Court is the gateway to the justice system. It is where the vast majority of criminal cases in Massachusetts are handled. The district courts have jurisdiction over all misdemeanors, including drug offenses, weapons offenses and motor vehicle offenses.
The Juvenile Justice Unit works to reduce youth violence and crime using a coordinated community approach which includes early intervention and prevention. In addition, when appropriate, the unit handles those serious juvenile cases who are indicted as Youthful Offenders, thus making them open to full adult criminal prosecution.
Superior Court is the court in which major felonies such as murder, robbery, drug trafficking and serious crimes of violence and abuse are prosecuted. These types of cases must first be presented to a Grand Jury, which issues indictments charging defendants with these serious crimes.