The office of Commonwealth’s Attorney is created by the Constitution of Virginia and is filled by election every four years during the local government election cycle. The Commonwealth’s Attorney is the Chief Law Enforcement Official in the jurisdiction in which he is elected. He convenes both regular and special grand juries and prosecutes warrants and indictments in the three trial courts of Virginia. In addition, he also has numerous, separate statutory duties that range from civil forfeitures to collection of delinquent court fines. Scott Hook serves as Commonwealth’s Attorney. The Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office prosecutes over 25,000 misdemeanor offenses per year and more than 5,000 felony offenses per year.
The predominate mission of the Commonwealth’s Attorney is to prosecute cases in courts of law in the geographic jurisdiction in which he is elected in order to pursue justice against criminal offenders.