United States Attorneys' Manual

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The United States Attorneys' Manual is a looseleaf text designed as a quick and ready reference for United States Attorneys and other employees of the United States Department of Justice responsible for the prosecution of violations of federal law. It contains general policies and guidance relevant to the work of the United States Attorneys' offices and to their relations with the legal divisions, investigative agencies, and other components within the Department of Justice.

The Manual is an internal document of the Department of Justice, and as such, does not have the force of law. It is updated periodically in much the same way as commercial looseleaf services are. New hard copies of the manual are issued annually to the department's attorneys. It is also available online.[1]

Organization of the Manual[edit]

The Manual is divided into nine titles:

  1. Organization and Functions
  2. Appeals
  3. Executive Office for United States Attorneys
  4. Civil
  5. Environment and Natural Resources Division
  6. Tax
  7. Antitrust
  8. Civil Rights
  9. Criminal

Each title has a corresponding Resource Manual that includes copies of policies, form letters, and other documents.

The last comprehensive update of the Manual was in 1997. Updates were made in 2018, including the removal of a section called "Need for Free Press and Public Trial."[2]


  1. ^ U.S. Attorney's Manual, U.S. Department of Justice, 2 May 2018, retrieved 2 May 2018
  2. ^ Tillman, Zoe (29 April 2018). "The Justice Department Deleted Language About Press Freedom And Racial Gerrymandering From Its Internal Manual". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 30 April 2018.

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