View Site in:

Text Resize

Learning & Resource Center

Learning & Resource Center
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office hosts educational programs for local students.

Educational Initiatives

Our Office understands education is an important tool in helping make our streets safer.  In order to be proactive in trying to keep people out of the criminal justice system and to arm them with the information to protect themselves from becoming a victim, it is necessary to educate the...

Youth and Education Programs

The Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., believes education and community engagement are critical components in the fight against crime. The Office’s youth and education programs, coordinated through the...

Video: Introduction to Project Reset

From the Center for Court Innovation: This video provides a short and engaging introduction to Project Reset, our program providing meaningful diversion opportunities for 16- and 17-year-olds in New York City...

Glossary of Legal Terms


A person who makes a complaint or files a formal charge in a court of law.


A judicial writ authorizing an officer to execute a search, seizure, or arrest.


Voir Dire is the name given to jury selection. In Criminal Court, 6 jurors and 1 or 2 alternates are chosen.  In Supreme Court, 12 jurors and 2 to 4...

View our complete glossary >

Criminal Justice System

The criminal justice process is complex, and often can be confusing to persons not familiar with criminal law.  This arrest-to-sentence guide and legal glossary are designed to explain and clarify...

Check out how the system works: