It is the mission of the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office to represent the interests of the State of Louisiana, advocate for the victims of crime, protect public safety, and uphold justice in an honest and ethical manner. This is primarily accomplished through the fair, effective, and efficient prosecution of offenders of the law. The District Attorney's office is committed to being responsive to the needs of victims, witnesses, children in need, law enforcement agencies, and the citizens at-large of this great community.

Appeals

As a former judge on Louisiana’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr. understands that a successful DA’s office in Orleans Parish must possess an aggressive as well as robust appellate practice.

The Appeals Division of the District Attorney’s office represents the interests of this community and the State of Louisiana in criminal appellate work before the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Louisiana, and the Appellate Division of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.  Assistant District Attorneys in the Appeals Division respond to post-conviction applications in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.  The division also answers habeas corpus applications relating to convictions in the Criminal District Court filed by defendants in the Federal court system.

Additionally, the Appeals Division of the District Attorney’s office organizes and conducts Continuing Legal Education Programs for the Assistant District Attorneys in the office.  Under District Attorney Cannizzaro’s administration, the Appeals Division of the DA’s office is widely regarded as one on the busiest and most successful appellate practices in the state of Louisiana.