Prosecuting Attorney

The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney serves the islands of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. It is responsible for the prosecution of those who violate the criminal and traffic laws or rules and regulations of the State of Hawaii and the County of Maui. The department divisions include: Appellate and Forfeiture Division, Circuit Court Division, District Court Division, Family Court Division, Felony Screening Division, Investigative Services Division, and the Victim/Witness Assistance Division.

Mission:

"To seek justice."

Programs:

- Administration

- General Prosecution

Key Performance Indicators:

The following are the department's top five key performance indicators (KPI):

  1. Percent of cases convicted using vertical prosecution method
  2. Percent of charging decisions made within the deadlines for Felony, Family Adult, Misdemeanor, and Juvenile Units
  3. Percent of cases not returned to law enforcement agencies due to sufficient evidence to prosecute cases
  4. Percent of attorneys receiving annual training
  5. Increase in crime reporting

KPI #1: Percent of cases convicted using vertical prosecution method

Benchmark: NA

This measure helps determine the effectiveness of the vertical prosecution method currently employed within the department. Vertical prosecution is a best practices methodology used throughout the nation and is a victim-centric approach applied through all phases of the process. A greater percentage indicates success while a lower percentage indicates possible concern.

Success MeasureFY 2016 ActualFY 2017 ActualFY 2018 EstimateFY 2018 YTD

Percent of cases convicted using vertical prosecution method

83%93%80%78%

KPI #1: Management Discussion

Management continues to monitor the effectiveness of our vertical prosecution approach and will make adjustments to the program to improve this goal.

KPI #2: Percent of charging decisions made within the deadlines for Felony, Family Adult, Misdemeanor, and Juvenile Units

Benchmark: NA

This measure helps determine the effectiveness of the organization to meet charging deadlines. Effective prosecution requires that charging decisions are made within the statutorily established requirements. A higher percentage indicates success while a lower percentage indicates possible concern.

Success MeasureFY 2016 ActualFY 2017 ActualFY 2018 EstimateFY 2018 YTD
Percent of charging decisions made within the deadlines for Felony, Family Adult, Misdemeanor, and Juvenile Units96%84%80%78%

KPI #2: Management Discussion

Management has identified and made adjustments to its internal processes to get back on track and improve this goal. We anticipate meeting the established goal for the fiscal year.

KPI #3: Percent of cases not returned to law enforcement agencies due to sufficient evidence to prosecute cases

Benchmark: NA

This measures the effectiveness of the processes employed by those involved in the prosecution of crimes. Lack of sufficient evidence to support the prosecution of cases may indicate the need to improve downstream processes as this directly impacts the ability of the department to carry out its mission. An increase in this measure indicates success while a decrease may indicate concern. 

Success MeasureFY 2016 ActualFY 2017 ActualFY 2018 EstimateFY 2018 YTD
Percent of cases not returned to law enforcement agencies due to sufficient evidence to prosecute cases89%89%80%99%

KPI #3: Management Discussion

This measure continues to trend in a positive direction. Processes in place are working properly. Management will continue to monitor this measure.

KPI #4: Percent of attorneys receiving annual training

Benchmark: NA

This measure helps to determine how effective the department is in carrying out the training of staff. A well-trained staff that is constantly learning often translates into a more effective team capable of addressing new challenges that may face them. An increase in this measure indicates success while a decrease is an indication that there may be a concern.

Success MeasureFY 2016 ActualFY 2017 ActualFY 2018 EstimateFY 2018 YTD
Percent of attorneys receiving annual training98%97%90%78%

KPI #4: Management Discussion

Management has developed a strategy to move the department back on track to meet the goal. Management will continue to monitor progress and make adjustments as we move forward.

KPI #5: Increase in crime reporting

Benchmark: NA

This measure is reflective of the departments outreach to the community to encourage the reporting of various crimes. A willingness of the populace to report crimes may impact crime rates. An increase in crime reporting indicates success while a decrease may indicate a concern. This measure is used by the department to determine the effectiveness of their outreach activities.

Success MeasureFY 2016 ActualFY 2017 ActualFY 2018 EstimateFY 2018 YTD
Increase in crime reporting4%4%3%2%

KPI #5: Management Discussion

This measure has been identified as possibly trending negative. We believe that we will meet the established goal based on adjustments that have been made to our outreach program. We will continue to monitor this measure and make further adjustments as needed.

KPI Questions & Communications:

Should you have any questions about these KPIs and their impact on the department, please contact the department director's office at: