SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is in the midst of a staff shortage that could potentially impact cases, the San Francisco Examiner reported on Friday, November 13th.
SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin urges SF Mayor London Breed to fill key positions that require her approval. Mayor Breed has hired all but key workers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Boudin, who has served as district attorney since January 2020, said staff raised concerns about the staff shortage, warning that “a high number of cases will result in them accidentally making mistakes handling their cases,” leading to “serious ones.” Consequences “can lead to consequences for your admission as a lawyer. “
The lack of staff in the prosecution has impacted domestic violence and murder units, as well as problems in the general crime department. Individual prosecutors are currently processing more cases than expected, from 150 to 229 cases, a jump from 79 cases.
Sarah Owens, spokeswoman for Mayor Breed’s office, says all departments must get approval and “explain why the position is essential before they can be filled. Many departments presented positions they wanted to fill and this request was denied. “
Boudin says hiring more office staff is “critical to the administration of justice” in San Francisco.
District Attorney’s chief of staff David Campos says Boudin is sending a request to Mayor Breed to fill 10-11 positions. Four out of eight jobs have currently been approved, according to Mayor Breed’s office.