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Learning & Resource Center

Learning & Resource Center
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office hosts educational programs for local students.

Educational Initiatives

Our Office understands education is an important tool in helping make our streets safer.  In order to be proactive in trying to keep people out of the criminal justice system and to arm them with the information to protect themselves from becoming a victim, it is necessary to educate the...

School and Community Educational Presentations

The Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., believes education and community engagement are critical components in the fight against crime. The Office’s educational initiatives, coordinated through the Community Partnerships...

Adult Education

The Community Affairs Unit sponsors adult education programs.  Through its Criminal Justice Information Seminars, adults are invited to visit courtrooms, observe trials and discuss with Assistant District Attorneys their role...

Glossary of Legal Terms

COMPLAINANT

A person who makes a complaint or files a formal charge in a court of law.

WARRANT

A judicial writ authorizing an officer to execute a search, seizure, or arrest.

VOIR DIRE

Voir Dire is the name given to jury selection. In Criminal Court, 6 jurors and 1 or 2 alternates are chosen.  In Supreme Court, 12 jurors and 2 to 4...

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Criminal Justice System

The criminal justice process is complex, and often can be confusing to persons not familiar with criminal law.  This arrest-to-sentence guide and legal glossary are designed to explain and clarify...

Check out how the system works: