"Between the private life of the citizen and the public glare of criminal accusation stands the prosecutor. That state official has the power to employ the full machinery of the state in scrutinizing any given individual. Even if a defendant is ultimately acquitted, forced immersion in criminal investigation and adjudication is a wrenching disruption of everyday life. For this reason, we must have assurance that those who would wield this power will be guided solely by their sense of public responsibility for the attainment of justice."
~~ U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in Young v. U.S. ex rel. Vuitton
The mission of the Island County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is to meet our statutory and constitutional duties to the citizens of Island County and the State of Washington; To vigorously, justly, and efficiently prosecute those who commit crimes in Island County; To provide excellent legal advice and services to the governing bodies and elected officials of Island County; To be effective advocates for the continuous improvement of the justice system; To set the standard for the highest level of professionalism and ethics for the practice of law in Island County.
The Island County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Banks is ably assisted by eight deputy prosecuting attorneys and eight legal support staff.
The Criminal Division is the major divison of the office. Six deputy prosecutors and Prosecuting Attorney Banks devote their efforts to prosecuting criminal cases. The primary assignments within the office are described below.
Three attorneys, including the Chief Criminal Deputy, prosecute primarily felony level crimes in Superior Court and their appeals. Felony crimes include everything from burglary and drug offenses to sexual assaults and murder. These prosecutors are assisted by two paralegals. Mr. Banks personally prosecutes the most serious cases, and others of special interest. He provides regular guidance to junior attorneys, as needed, depending on their leval of experience and the issues involved. Mr. Banks oversees the prosecution of major cases.
Two deputy prosecutors handle the high volume misdemeanor case load, which consists primarily of Driving Under the Influence, misdemeanor Domestic Violence, fish and wildlife violations, and a wide variety of traffic offenses. These cases are heard in the Island County District Court in Oak Harbor. A single paralegal assists in this endeavor, assisted by other non-attorney staff as their time permits.
A single deputy prosecutor handles the juvenile cases, which includes all levels of criminal activity, as well as the adult offender drug court. This deputy is also responsible for the Child Support Enforcmeent caseload, discussed below. This deputy also handles involuntary civil commitments of people with severe mental health or substance abuse problems. A single paralegal works in this unit, along with a child support enforcement paralegal.
All criminal units are also supported by our Victim/Witness coordinator, whose job it is to ensure crime victims and witnesses are provided assistance in interacting with the criminal justice system. In particular, this skilled employee works closely with victims of all types of crimes to ensure their rights are protected and that they have the support they need to assist in prosecutions and recover from the effects of the crimes committed against them.
The Civil Division provides legal counsel to all Island County elected officials, department heads, and numerous county agencies and departments. Serving the role as an in-house law firm for the county, the Civil Division works closely with clients in solving a wide range of legal problems by issuing formal written opinions and memoranda, providing general day-to-day legal advice, and handling civil litigation to which Island County is a party, whether as a plaintiff or defendant. Two deputy prosecutors, as well as Mr. Banks provide civil legal assistance to the county. Two paralegals and the Office Administrator provide support to the three attorneys in this division.
The Child Support Enforcement Division provides services under contract with the State of Washington to enforce child support orders of absent parents when the custodial parent receives public assistance. This most often includes getting court ordered DNA testing to determine the paternity of a dependent child. This work is carried out by one of our civil deputy prosecutors, and a full-time paralegal devoted to the caseload. All of our expenses, including salaries and benefits, are reimbursed to us by the State.
Watch these videos produced by the National District Attorneys Association about the important work of prosecutors across the country, and the role of the NDAA. Greg Banks has been a member of NDAA for over 20 years, and has served on its Board of Directors since 2017.
Greg BanksIsland County Prosecuting Attorney
Location :2nd floor of the Law and Justice Building 101 NE Sixth Street,Coupeville, WA 98239
Phone Numbers:Office: (360)679-7363 Fax: (360)679-7393
Office Hours:8:00AM to 4:30PMMonday through Friday