The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District
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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District

Overview

More than 200 years ago, President George Washington signed into law the Judiciary Act of 1789, which directed that the President of the United States appoint in each federal district “a meet person learned in the law to act as an attorney for the United States.” This person, the United States Attorney, was “to prosecute in [each] district all delinquents for crimes and offenses cognizable under the authority of the United States, and all civil actions in which the United States shall be concerned.” The District of Virginia was one of the original 13 judicial districts created by the Judiciary Act of 1789. The Eastern District of Virginia was created in 1871 following the division of the District of Virginia into two districts. In the Eastern District, the United States Attorney’s Office presently has offices in Alexandria, Newport News, Norfolk, and Richmond.