THE FIFTH CIRCUIT SOLICITOR’S PHILOSOPHIES
It is important for the public to understand the attitudes of our organization and why we at the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office must try to maintain them. These attitudes form the basis for our philosophy.
1. Public trust is the key to improving our organization.
2. Accountability of everyone within the organization is the best way to build public trust. We must be held to at least the same standard, if not higher, as the general community.
3. We must always stand ready to account for our actions and not be offended when we are asked to do so.
4. If we make a mistake, we must admit it, fix it, and then continue doing our jobs. It is malicious to try to cover up mistakes or to blame others. We will not fail because we make a mistake; failure comes when we do not learn from our mistakes.
5. As an office, we cannot allow our personal feelings to get involved when we do our job.
6. Most bad decisions that an individual makes in their lifetime were made when they were angry. When one gets angry, our brains don’t work effectively.
7. Indictments and/or convictions are not the mission of the Solicitor’s Office, but a tool to accomplish the mission.
8. We are in a help related profession, so HELP people.
9. Assistant Solicitors have the authority to take away a person’s freedom, but never have the right to take away a person’s dignity. Assistant Solicitors should not only avoid violating someone’s rights, but should stand ready to protect everyone’s rights. All citizens are equally important. In short, DO THE RIGHT THING.
10. Our success will not be gauged as the result of any one player, but how we perform as a team.
Each of the individual parts of this philosophy is designed to help create a greater community of trust in this office. We will make mistakes; however, we will have fewer mistakes if we have the support of the public.
Our mission is to serve as ministers of justice in the fair and diligent prosecution of citizens charged with criminal offenses occurring in the Fifth Judicial Circuit, thereby preserving peace, safety and dignity for all citizens of this Circuit.