DA Scott Reilly

District Attorney
Scott Reilly

Burke, Caldwell & Catawba County

Prosecutorial District 36

(828) 685-6111
Catawba County Courthouse 100 Government Center Dr.
Newton, NC 28658
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The District Attorney for the Thirty-Sixth Prosecutorial District is Scott Reilly

Thank you for visiting the web site of the District Attorney’s Office in Prosecutorial District 366 encompasses all of Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties in North Carolina. It is the duty of this office to represent the State with integrity and professionalism, while protecting victims and their rights, in the pursuit of justice.

The goal of this site is to make the information and services provided by the District Attorneys’ Office and the criminal justice system available to the public. Please take the time to search each webpage and explore all of the information we have provided you. Should you have any questions, we have also included details on how you may contact us.

“District Attorney” commonly refers to an attorney for the community elected by the people in his/her district to represent the interests of the general public, including crime victims in court proceedings against people accused of committing crimes. Other jurisdictions use various terms: Prosecutor, U.S. Attorney (a federal prosecutor), Solicitor, or State’s Attorney.

The primary duty of the District Attorney is to prosecute all criminal cases filed in the district. The District Attorney represents the state in all criminal and some juvenile matters. In addition, the District Attorney is responsible for preparing the criminal trial docket and advising law enforcement officers in the district.

Prior to his election to the Office of District Attorney, Scott Reilly established himself as an experienced private attorney and small business owner. Scott has extensive courtroom experience. He started his legal career in 1989 as an Assistant District Attorney focused on prosecuting sex offenders in our community. While in the DA’s office, he prosecuted every type of crime – from DWIs to capital murder cases.

In 1994, Scott opened a private law practice in Newton. With his small business, Scott concentrated his law practice almost exclusively on criminal cases. He has handled thousands of cases and has personally tried more than 250 jury trials.

Since being elected District Attorney, Scott has committed his office to serving the local community in several ways. In addition to prosecuting all criminal cases within the District and minimizing court case backlog, he has his staff reach out to local organizations to volunteer their time and knowledge to better educate and assist the communities of Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba. Scott is committed to working with local law enforcement to effectively and efficiently prosecute cases within the three counties on behalf of victims and their families.

Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and completed his law degree at Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He lives in Conover with his wife, Beth, and their children.