Essential and Continuing Operations / COVID19: In the interest of the health and safety of our staff and the community, our offices will remain closed to the public, and most of the agency’s prosecutors and staff will work remotely, until further notice. The HCDAO continues to perform key functions in the county criminal justice system and will do so during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click Here for More Information

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Kim Ogg: Guiding Principles of the Harris County District Attorney

The paramount goals of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office are public safety and evidence-based justice for all. This means obtaining a just result for the victim, the accused, and the community in every case. The guiding principles for achieving these goals are fairness, integrity, and transparency.




  • Our first consideration is public safety.
  • We will use taxpayer money efficiently.
  • We will make evidence-based, not relationship-based decisions.
  • We will constantly strive for equality in our use of prosecutorial discretion.
  • We will treat all crime victims and those accused with dignity and fairness.
  • We recognize mental illness is a public health concern.
  • We will collaborate with other governmental and law enforcement agencies to more effectively solve and prosecute crimes.
  • Crimes requiring subject matter expertise will be handled by specialty divisions.
  • We will actively promote input and participation by the diverse communities of the Greater Houston area.
  • We will use technology to improve case management, service to our constituents, and employee accountability.
  • While mindful of our duty to see that justice is done, as representatives of the people, we will be transparent in our actions.
  • In every action, we will ensure that professional integrity is paramount.