Early in New Jersey's history, the state deviated from the British tradition of private prosecutors. It has been reported that as early as 1686 there are records of a colonial Attorney General appearing on behalf of the King in “West New Jersey”. In 1812 the New Jersey Attorney General was authorized by statute "to appoint deputies to prosecute the pleas of the state in such counties as he may not be able to attend in person." The duties of a county prosecutor have developed through court decisions and legislation. As our courts have pointed out, a county prosecutor has an obligation to detect and arrest, as well as to obtain indictments and prosecute them. He is under a statutory duty to investigate suspicious situations and determine the facts in the process of detecting and arresting.
The mission of the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office is to ensure that the citizens of Passaic County have a professional investigative response to crime and quality legal representation designed to promote the security of our residents while respecting the rights of individual victims of crime. Our commitment is to maintain the highest law enforcement standards and utilize our available resources to:
- Fulfill our statutory requirements.
- Investigate and prosecute criminals, holding offenders accountable for their crimes.
- Maintain and improve quality of case presentation in Passaic County’s Criminal Courts.
- Foster partnerships with the full range of diverse groups within Passaic County.
- Strive to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of office operations.
- Cooperate with other agencies and institutions within the justice system to improve the efficiency of case management.
- Maintain and improve the administration of justice