Mission Statement & Program Goals
The Travis County District Attorney’s Office mission is to see that justice is done, by protecting the constitutional and statutory rights afforded to every person in our county without respect to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
We will support our community’s values by re-imagining the traditional role a prosecutor should play. We will vigorously prosecute violent and habitual offenders and protect the innocent, but we are also committed to crime prevention by implementing innovative programs to break the cycle of crime for youthful, first-time, mentally ill, and drug-addicted offenders.
Our office will maintain the highest level of honesty, integrity, and transparency. We will be models of ethical and professional conduct.
As public servants, we are committed to diversity, hard work, and accountability. We will be careful stewards of our taxpayers’ resources.
Each employee, regardless of assignment or job title, is expected to represent the State of Texas, Travis County, and this office with high standards of ethics, professionalism, and public service. Each employee has an obligation to adhere to that standard and encourage others to do the same. This standard clarifies every expectation contained in this Manual. We reach this standard together by dedicating ourselves to pursuing our mission with honesty, openness, fairness, and respect for the individual and for the public, ever mindful that there is no “right way” to do the “wrong thing.”
Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, all attorneys are representatives of clients, officers of the legal system, and public citizens having a special responsibility for the quality of justice. In addition, prosecutors in criminal cases have the responsibility to see that justice is done. This can only be achieved by the representation and presentation of the truth. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that the guilty are held accountable, the innocent are protected from unwarranted harm, and the rights of all participants, particularly victims of crime, are respected.