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Benchmarks for prosecuting attorney’s offices

In the winter of 2002-2003, the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute (APRI) conducted a performance audit of the Pierce County (Washington) Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The report (at 9) included survey data collected nationally in 2001 by the US Dept. of Justice’ Burea of Justice Statistics. Nationally, the ratios of attorney to non-attorney staff were then:

o 3.6 attorneys to every 1 investigator
o 5.9 attorneys to every 1 victim/witness specialist; and
o 1 attorney to every 1 support staff position.

It’s amazing that the ratio of lawyer to non-lawyer is 1:1, which holds exactly true at the median in corporate law departments.

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