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§ 215.28. District Attorneys Council

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 19. Counties and County Officers

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 19. Counties and County Officers
Chapter 7A. District Attorney (Refs & Annos)
19 Okl.St.Ann. § 215.28
§ 215.28. District Attorneys Council
A. There is hereby created the District Attorneys Council which shall be organized and administered as herein provided. Any reference in the Oklahoma Statutes to the District Attorneys Training Coordination Council shall mean the District Attorneys Council.
B. The chief executive officer of the office of the Council is the Executive Coordinator who shall be appointed and supervised by the Council. The Executive Coordinator shall serve at the pleasure of the Council. The Executive Coordinator shall be licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and shall have been a district attorney or assistant district attorney or have held an equivalent position in state or federal government for at least three (3) years prior to appointment. The Executive Coordinator may appoint an Assistant Coordinator, both of whom shall be in the unclassified service of the state. The Executive Coordinator and the Assistant Coordinator, who shall also be licensed to practice law in Oklahoma, shall devote full time to their duties and shall not engage in the private practice of law. The Executive Coordinator shall perform the functions and duties as may be assigned by the Council. The Executive Coordinator shall be named the project director and fiscal officer of any grant or fund received by the Council. The Executive Coordinator and the Assistant Coordinator shall receive compensation for their services within the pay scale limits for district attorneys.
C. 1. The Council shall be composed of the following members:
a. the Attorney General, or a designated representative of the Attorney General,
b. the President of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association,
c. the President-elect of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association,
d. one district attorney selected by the Court of Criminal Appeals for a three-year term, and
e. one district attorney selected by the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma Bar Association for a three-year term.
2. A member of the Council shall vacate the appointment upon termination of the member's official position as Attorney General or district attorney. A vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. A member appointed to fill a vacancy created other than by expiration of a term shall be appointed for the unexpired term of the member whom the appointed member is to succeed in the same manner as the original appointment. Any member may serve more than one term.
D. The Council shall designate from among its members a Chairman and Vice Chairman who shall serve for one-year terms and who may be reelected. Membership on the Council shall not constitute holding a public office. The Council shall not have the right to exercise any portion of the sovereign power of the state. A member of the Council shall not be disqualified from holding any public office or employment by reason of appointment or membership on the Council, nor shall the member forfeit the office or employment, by reason of appointment to the Council.
E. The Council shall meet at least four times in each year and shall hold special meetings when called by the Chairman, or, in the absence of the Chairman, by the Vice Chairman or when called by the Chairman upon the written request of two members of the Council. The Council shall establish its own procedures and requirements with respect to quorum, place and conduct of its meetings and other matters.
F. The members of the Council shall not receive a salary for duties performed as members of the Council but shall be entitled to be reimbursed for their travel expenses in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act.1
G. The Council shall make an annual report to the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association regarding its efforts to implement the purposes of this section.
H. The Council shall have the power to perform such functions as in its opinion shall strengthen the criminal justice system in Oklahoma, to provide a professional organization for the education, training and coordination of technical efforts of all state prosecutors and to maintain and improve prosecutor efficiency and effectiveness in enforcing the laws of this state including, but not limited to, the following:
1. Organize, supervise and perform functions consistent with this section;
2. Convene regional or statewide conferences and training seminars for the purpose of implementing the provisions of this section;
3. Accept and expend monies, gifts, grants or services from any public or private source; contract or enter into agreements with educational institutions or state or federal agencies; and employ personnel as the Council in its judgment finds necessary to effectively carry out the provisions of this section. Such employees shall be in the unclassified service of the state;
4. Serve in an advisory capacity to the district attorneys of the state;
5. Provide and coordinate training and continuing legal education for district attorneys and their assistants, including participation in nationally recognized prosecutorial seminars conducted in other states. Subject to available funding, curriculum for training required under this paragraph shall include, but not be limited to:
a. dynamics of domestic violence,
b. the impact of domestic violence on victims and their children including victim trauma and the neurobiology of trauma,
c. identifying dominant aggressor,
d. tactics and behavior of batterers,
e. victim protection orders and full faith and credit under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994,2
f. rights of victims, and
g. evidence-based practices regarding behavioral health and treatment of those with substance abuse or mental health needs;
6. Gather and disseminate information to district attorneys relative to their official duties, including changes in the law relative to their office;
7. Coordinate with law enforcement officers, the courts and corrections workers providing interdisciplinary seminars to augment the effectiveness of the criminal justice system;
8. Require statistical reports from district attorneys' offices relating to functions and workload performance;
9. Recommend additional legislation necessary to upgrade the Oklahoma District Attorneys System to professional status;
10. Establish an equitable distribution plan for allocation of any funds or gifts received from public or private sources for state prosecution and distribute such funds in accordance with such plan; and
11. Appoint a larger Advisory Council made up of district attorneys and assistant district attorneys to discuss problems and hear recommendations concerning necessary research, minimum standards, educational needs, and other matters imperative to upgrading Oklahoma prosecution to professional status.
I. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Council, to be designated the “District Attorneys Council Revolving Fund”. The fund shall consist of all monies received by the Council other than appropriated funds. The revolving fund shall be a continuing fund not subject to fiscal year limitations and shall be under the control and management of the Council. Expenditures from this fund shall be made pursuant to the purposes of this act and without legislative appropriation. Warrants for expenditures shall be drawn by the State Treasurer based on claims signed by the authorized employee or employees of the Council and approved for payment by the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.
J. The Council may accept operation and supervision of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration grants presently being administered by the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association.

Credits

Laws 1976, c. 73, § 2, eff. July 1, 1976. Renumbered from Title 70, § 3311.1 and amended by Laws 1977, c. 40, §§ 4, 5, eff. July 1, 1977. Laws 1979, c. 47, § 6, emerg. eff. April 9, 1979; Laws 1980, c. 77, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1980; Laws 1982, c. 340, § 19, emerg. eff. June 2, 1982; Laws 1985, c. 178, § 13, operative July 1, 1985; Laws 1988, c. 109, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; Laws 2008, c. 334, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2008; Laws 2012, c. 304, § 67; Laws 2017, c. 351, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2017.

Footnotes

Title 74, § 500.1 et seq.
Pub.L. 103-322, Title IV, Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 1902.
19 Okl. St. Ann. § 215.28, OK ST T. 19 § 215.28
Current with emergency effective legislation through Chapter 106 of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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