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In 1977, the State Legislature created a new judicial district comprised solely of Blount County. Since that time, the District Attorney General for the Fifth Judicial District has been elected by the voters of Blount County. The first District Attorney General in the newly created district was David G. Ballard who served from 1977 to 1990. In 1990, Mike Flynn was elected District Attorney General and has served since that time.
The mission of the District Attorney General's Office is to fairly and vigorously prosecute all criminal cases arising in Blount County, Tennessee; to provide legal support to victims and law enforcement agencies investigating crimes in or related to Blount County, and to keep the public and appropriate officials advised as to the activities of the criminal justice system. The objectives of the office are to provide effective and sufficient prosecutorial support to every court (general sessions, criminal, juvenile and federal); provide effective legal support and advice to investigative agencies (local, state and federal) at the earliest appropriate state in their investigations and throughout prosecution on criminal investigations and prosecutions related to Blount County; and provide support and assistance to victims of crime.
The office also has a Domestic Violence Unit which works closely with community agencies, law enforcement, and the judicial system to ensure victims’ needs are addressed while ensuring the prosecution of offenders. Through prevention, the unit is involved with educating law enforcement, the judicial system, and community about domestic violence and its impact on families and community. The unit is also actively involved with organizations promoting domestic violence awareness. There is also a Child Support Division whose objectives are to enforce support obligations owed by absent parents to their children, locate absent parents, establish paternity, and obtain child and medical support. The division provides support enforcement services to individuals who are receiving federally-funded Foster Care Maintenance payments, Medicaid, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and to individuals not otherwise eligible for such services.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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