Shannon L. Taylor , Commonwealth's Attorney
The Commonwealth's Attorney is responsible for representing the people of Henrico County to present evidence in court against persons charged with committing crimes. Cases presented by the Commonwealth's Attorney are tried in the Circuit, General District, and Juvenile Courts. In Henrico County there are 5 Circuit Court judges, 5 Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judges and 5 General District Court judges. The Commonwealth's Attorney's staff includes 1 Chief Deputy, 4 Deputies and 24 Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys. Shannon L. Taylor Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney
The Commonwealth’s Attorney also coordinates the extradition of criminals who have fled the state, prosecutes asset forfeitures, and tries individuals for failure to pay child support and failure to obey other court orders. The Commonwealth’s Attorney seeks justice. The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office oversees the Victim/Witness Unit, which counsels crime victims regarding their legal rights and offers advice about rehabilitative services and other community resources available for victims’ protection.The Victim/Witness Unit also notifies victims and witnesses of court appearances and pretrial interviews. Beyond the preparation and trial of criminal cases, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office advises law enforcement agencies, consults with and advises the Henrico County Division of Police regarding policies and procedures, answers citizen inquiries concerning the criminal justice system, and provides assistance for on-going criminal investigations of the Henrico County Division of Police and the Virginia State Police The majority of the cases the Commonwealth’s Attorney handles are brought by law enforcement officers, although this office also prosecutes cases initiated by a citizen’s complaint.
The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office provides speakers for schools, PTAs, civic groups, churches, and other groups on the role of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the criminal justice system, our Virginia EXILE program, illegal drugs and other topics.
The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office works in partnership with the Henrico County Division of Police to reduce gun violence and homicide by a joint effort in enforcing Virginia Exile laws. These laws provide mandatory prison sentences for certain offenses involving guns. Read more about Virginia Exile. Prosecution of gun law violations has been shown to be an effective tool of reducing violent crimes.