The Criminal Division of the Department of Justice is responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases throughout the State from misdemeanors to murders. Its mission is to represent the State in criminal cases, and in so doing safeguard the human rights of victims and their families and the constitutional rights of defendants. This responsibility includes the preparation and presentation of criminal cases before the Superior Court, the Court of Common Pleas, and in some matters before the Justice of the Peace Courts. The Criminal Division also provides legal assistance to other law enforcement agencies and administers the Victim/Witness Assistance Program. The Division is managed by the State Prosecutor, Sean Lugg, who is appointed by the Attorney General. The Criminal Division maintains offices in each of Delaware’s three counties. Each of the county offices is headed by a County Prosecutor, who is appointed by the Attorney General and reports through the State Prosecutor. In New Castle County, the office includes the Homicide Unit, New Castle County Felony Trial Unit, Wilmington Trial Unit, Child Predator Unit, Felony Screening Unit, Misdemeanor Trial Unit and Violent Criminal Enterprise Unit. In Kent and Sussex Counties the office is organized into a Felony Trial Unit, a Felony Screening Unit and a Misdemeanor Trial Unit. The Appeals Unit, Crime Strategies Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, Special Victims Unit, and Traffic Safety Unit are statewide.
The Civil Division is responsible for providing legal services to the officers, departments, boards, agencies, commissions, and instrumentalities of State government. The State Solicitor is appointed by the Attorney General and reports through the Chief Deputy Attorney General. As set forth at 29 Del. C. § 2505 (b), the State Solicitor is responsible for all civil actions and matters wherein the State or its agencies or subdivisions are involved and has such powers as the Attorney General shall designate. The Civil Division is comprised of 60 Deputy Attorneys General and 17 administrative support staff. Presently, Aaron R. Goldstein is the State Solicitor and Ilona M. Kirshon is the Deputy State Solicitor.
Much like a private law firm, the Civil Division provides all legal advice in civil matters for the State of Delaware. The Civil Division is organized statewide into seven units: Administrative Law & Education, Affirmative Litigation, Defensive Litigation, Departments & Agencies, Environmental, Government Services, and Health Law.
The Family Division is responsible for areas relating to violations committed by juveniles, as well as protecting children in vulnerable situations and enforcing child support orders.
The Fraud and Consumer Protection Division protects the public from securities fraud, consumer fraud, Medicaid provider fraud, antitrust violations, tobacco enforcement, white collar crime and misleading or deceptive business practices. It also addresses patient abuse, neglect and mistreatment in facilities that accept Medicaid patients. The Fraud Division is divided into three major, statewide units: The Consumer Protection Unit, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the Investor Protection Unit. The Division is led by the Fraud Division Director, Matthew Lintner
Many times people unknowingly place themselves in danger by giving information to the wrong people. Here you can learn how to minimize your chances of becoming a victim of fraud. See our Consumer Protection Unit for tips.
The Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust in January 2015 to provide legal firepower to ensure that these important issues are addressed and to provide a point of contact for members of the public.
About the Delaware Department of Justice
Delaware's Attorney General, our State's chief law enforcement officer, has broad responsibility to combat crime, safeguard families, fight fraud, and protect consumers in the First State. In meeting this mission, Attorney General Kathy Jennings is part of what is essentially Delaware's largest law firm - 220 attorneys and over 200 staff who prosecute, investigate, advise and counsel in a number of roles and responsibilities. Those who work in the Office of the Attorney General are committed to the common goal of serving all Delawareans with integrity and dedication.