The District Attorney’s Office was established in 1850. This elected officer was to act as public prosecutor in both District and County Courts. In 1863, the district attorney was required to collaborate with county officials in suppressing gaming. In 1972 he was to serve as legal advisor to the Board of Supervisors. Under the County Charter of 1951, the District Attorney remained an elected office responsible for all criminal prosecutions, investigations of all major cases and maintenance of the Laboratory of Criminalistics.
Today, Santa Clara County is comprised of fifteen cities, including San Jose, and has more than 1.8 million residents who come from all over the world to live in our beautiful, prosperous and diverse valley.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is the largest prosecutor’s office in Northern California. The Office has more than 540 employees, including 185 prosecutors, 80 investigators, 60 criminalists, and 210 support staff. The Office prosecutes more than 40,000 criminal cases each year including drunk driving, identity theft, fraud, elder abuse, burglary, robbery, sexual assault, domestic violence, gang violence and murder.
The District Attorney's Crime Laboratory is the pre-eminent forensic laboratory in Northern California and analyzes thousands of evidence items each year using the most sophisticated and cutting edge technology.
2011 to present Jeffrey F. Rosen
2007 to 2011 Dolores Carr
1990 to 2006 George Kennedy
1983 to 1991 Leo Himmelsbach
1957 to 1983 Louis P. Bergna
1948 to 1957 Napolean J. Menard
1946 to 1948 Leonard R. Avilla
1938 to 1946 John P. Fitzgerald
1927 to 1938 Fred L. Thomas
1919 to 1926 C. C. Coolidge
1907 to 1918 Arthur W. Free
1899 to 1906 James H. Campbell
1895 to 1898 B. A. Harrington
1891 to 1894 Victor A. Scheller
1889 to 1890 D. W. Purchard
1885 to 1888 Howell C. Moore
1880 to 1864 James H. Campbell
1876 to 1879 William M. Lowell
1874 to 1875 Thomas Bodly
1872 to 1873 J. C. Black
1870 to 1871 William M.Lowell
1870 to 1870 J. M. Williams
1868 to 1869 D.M. Delmas
1866 to 1867 D. W. Harrington
1862 to 1865 Francis E. Spencer
1860 to 1861 A. L. Rhodes
1858 to 1859 J. Alexander Yoell
1856 to 1857 J. Milton Williams
1850 to 1855 John H. Moore