History of the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney

Prior to 1850, the investigation and prosecution of crime in Pennsylvania was the province of the state Attorney General and his deputies.

In May of 1850. the Pennsylvania legislature, seeing the need for a prosecutor elected by the people of each county, passed a law providing for the election of county District Attorneys.

This law, known as “An Act Providing for the Election of District Attorneys", required that each county "elect one person, learned in the law...who shall be called the District Attorney of said county; and the Officer so elected shall sign all bills of indictment, and conduct in court all criminal or other persecutions in the name of the Commonwealth..."

Since that time, the voters of Monroe County have elected 25 such "men learned in the law" as their District Attorney.

The current District Attorney, E. David Christine, Jr., is in his fourth term serving the people of Monroe County as District Attorney.

 

Former Monroe County District Attorneys

Hyperlinked names have a biography available.

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