Hamilton County DA hosts the Annual Tennessee District Attorney General Conference
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – This week the Hamilton County District Attorney’s office is hosting the annual Tennessee District Attorney General Conference.
The Tennessee District Attorney’s General Conference was created by the General Assembly in 1961 to provide for a more prompt and efficient administration of justice in the courts for the state of Tennessee.
The statewide conference is held every year to provide district attorneys and their staff with a diverse array of continuing education training classes.
“District Attorneys, Assistant District Attorneys, victim witness coordinators from across the state of Tennessee have come for a week-long training program. Last year due to the pandemic it was virtual, so this year it’s a combination of in-person and a virtual conference,” says Neal Pinkston, Hamilton County District Attorney.
“It’s a time where we all get our CLE (continuing legal education). It’s a time for all the prosecutors across the state to come together to learn and we also get to network some,” says Steve Crump, Bradley County District Attorney.
This week’s conference topics will include: Mass violence protocols, updated DUI sentencing, second-degree murder for drug overdoses, domestic violence, and victims services- with that topic being the primary focus.
“The whole week is really focused on victim services and taking victims services to another level,” says Crump.
“It’s about victims and how we can better serve victims, help them along the process as they go through the different levels of court and jury trial and what we can do during that process to help them,” says Pinkston.
The Conference is composed of Attorney Generals from the state’s 31 judicial districts and from the office of the Executive Director.
“One of the best benefits is that you get reminded that you are not the only ones doing this. Oftentimes it’s a very lonely job. It’s nice to be amongst brothers and sisters that have your back,” says Pinkston.