District Attorney

DA Chris Hicks sits in front of his desk in his office

Washoe County District Attorney
Christopher J. Hicks

Mills B. Lane Justice Center
1 South Sierra Street
South Tower, 4th Floor, Reno, NV, 89501
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Statement from the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office on the Death of The Honorable Larry Hicks

The men and women of the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office offer our deepest condolences to the Hicks family as they navigate the tragic loss of an extraordinary man. He served this community with honor for decades and led this office from 1974 to 1978. Most importantly, he was the heart and soul of his family, and we know he was a hero to our District Attorney.

The Honorable Judge Larry R. Hicks was not only a pillar within our community, but for those who loved him as well. His career was filled with incredible accomplishments and deserving accolades. Most importantly to him, he was a proud family man to his wife, children, grandchildren, and entire family.

Judge Hicks was the consummate professional and a brilliant jurist – a man to be admired. Many of us were fortunate enough to have known him personally and professionally, and he will always be remembered for the wonderful man that he was and the legacy he leaves behind.

“Judge, we know you are smiling down on us from somewhere beautiful, wanting us all to know that everything will be okay. We know that home meant Nevada for you like it does for us. And we can’t quite shake the notion that we may still find you in the quiet of our desert hillsides, in the sagebrush on the hunting trails you walked, over Lake Tahoe on a peaceful morning, in the shimmering sunlight of a late afternoon fishing on the Truckee when the Rainbows rise, or in the silent glow of the streetlights in an evening snowstorm. Maybe if our yesterdays had not been so wonderful, this would not be so hard to accept. But they were. This community thanks you for the time we got. We will keep it with us now that you’re gone. We only wish we had more tomorrows together,” – members of the WCDA.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hicks family, and we will do all that we can to support them during this difficult time.  We ask that any flowers, cards, and the like that the community would like to share with the Hicks family be delivered to our office at 1 S. Sierra St., and we will get them delivered.

Contact Us

Family Support: wcdafsd@da.washoecounty.gov 775.789.7100

Firearm Background Checks (Law Enforcement Inquires): DA-AgencyFirearmsBackground@washoecounty.gov 

Investigations: DA-SupervisorInvestigations@da.washoecounty.gov 775.321.4300

General public records request can be submitted through 311.

Records: DA-Records-All@washoecounty.gov 775.328.3200 (This is the intake of records from law enforcement or defense attorneys. It is not for criminal reports, nor records outside discovery.) 

Victim Witness Advocate Center: DA-InvestVWACSupervisors@@da.washoecounty.gov 775.328.3210

Media requests can contact: PIO Kendall Holcomb kholcomb@da.washoecounty.gov 775-328-3223

Other/General Inquires: districtattorney@da.washoecounty.gov 775.328.3200



Mission of the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office

The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office is dedicated to the pursuit of justice for the estimated more than 471k citizens of Washoe County and plays a major role in the safety of the public it serves. The office is led by an elected District Attorney who is selected by popular vote to a four year term. Current District Attorney Christopher J. Hicks is the 37th District Attorney for Washoe County to be elected since the office was established in 1864. The District Attorney’s Office is divided into four divisions: Criminal, Civil, Family Support, and Administration. More than 170 prosecutors, attorneys, legal support staff, investigators, and victim advocates diligently contribute to the work of prosecuting crimes committed in our area, and a variety of other legal functions in support of county government. 

The primary mission of the office is achieving justice and protecting the welfare of the community. The agency operates on a $22 million budget, which provides for day-to-day operations of its mandated duties. The Criminal Division is charged with the prosecution of felony, gross misdemeanor, and juvenile crimes, as well as certain misdemeanors which occur within the jurisdiction of the office. The Civil Division provides legal representation to Washoe County agencies and departments, including the Board of County Commissioners. The Family Support Division safeguards the rights of children by enforcing child support obligations in accordance with Nevada law. Finally, the Administration Division is charged with the operational management of the office, to include finance, budget, grant administration, human resources, training, and professional development and special projects. We encourage you to learn more about your Washoe County District Attorney’s Office. 

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