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 staff shortages, 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 shortage of staff in the prosecution has affected 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 that prior to filling any positions, all departments must obtain approval and “explain why the position is essential. Many departments presented positions they wanted to fill and this request was denied. “
Hiring more people in the office is “critical to the administration of justice” in San Francisco, according to Boudin.
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.