What is the Difference Between a Solicitor and a District Attorney

The State of Georgia is broken down into forty nine judicial circuits.  Each circuit, which includes one to eight counties, has a District Attorney who is the circuit’s chief prosecuting attorney.  In sixty one of the one hundred fifty nine counties in Georgia, misdemeanor offenses are prosecuted by an elected Solicitor General rather than by the District Attorney.  The Solicitor General and District Attorney are elected officials that use assistant solicitors or assistant district attorneys to handle cases prosecuted by their office.  You can find the prosecuting attorney for your judicial circuit by using the “Find Your Prosecutor” function on the website of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia (http://www.pacga.org/site/fyp).

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