The Office of the District Attorney is created under Chapter 978, Wisconsin Statutes. This department represents the people of Wisconsin and Columbia County in the courts. The District Attorney and her staff prosecute state criminal matters, forfeiture actions, state and county traffic code and ordinance violations, Department of Natural Resources violations, juvenile, and domestic abuse cases. In addition, the District Attorney also operates the Victim/Witness Program which provides support to victims and witnesses of crime.
The primary purpose of the Victim/Witness Program is to provide information, referral and support to citizens and law enforcement officers of Columbia County who have been victims of or witnesses to crimes, and to ensure that the services specified under Chapter 950, Wisconsin Statutes, are made available to them. To achieve that end, the Victim/Witness Coordinators maintain contact with victims and witnesses to update them on case progress in the criminal justice system.