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Mark Pafford

Chief Deputy
District Attorney

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kern County District Attorney's Office is to fairly and vigorously represent the People of the State of California in the administration of justice in Kern County.

In furtherance of this mission, this Office is committed to investigate and prosecute criminal cases with professionalism, skill and courage, and to administer the laws of California and the United States equally and impartially as to all persons.

Organizational Chart  (PDF)

Attorneys and third year law students who wish to apply for a position as a Deputy District Attorney should mail a copy of his or her résumé to:

Kern County District Attorney

1215 Truxtun Avenue

Bakersfield, California 93301

ATTN: Mark E. Pafford

A limited number of summer internships are available for first and second year law students. Interested individuals should mail a copy of his or her résumé to the address above.

Résumés may also be e-mailed to dahiring@kernda.org

The Child Abduction Unit of the Kern County District Attorney's Office assists in the enforcement of court orders awarding child custody, including custody orders issued by courts in other California counties, states and foreign countries.

In order to determine whether the Child Abduction Unit can be of assistance to you, a preliminary interview is necessary. You may call 868-2340 and ask to speak with an investigator about your case, or to make an appointment for an in-person interview. You may also come to our office located at:

1215 Truxtun Avenue, 4th floor

Bakersfield, California 93301

Please bring a copy of your current custody orders when you come to the office. If the Child Abduction Unit can be of assistance to you, you will then be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire.

Victims of domestic violence often leave the home and take the children with them. California Penal Code §278.7 requires that a victim of domestic violence who leaves with the children notify the District Attorney's office, within 10 days of leaving home, of the whereabouts of the children, including name, current address, telephone number and reasons for taking the child. This law also requires that an action for court ordered custody must be filed within 30 days of leaving the alleged abusive parent. Failure to do so may result in the victim parent being charged with child concealment.

You may obtain a form for reporting this information from our office at the address listed below or online (PDF)

District Attorney's Office

Child Abduction Unit

1215 Truxtun Avenue, 4th floor

Bakersfield, California 93301

A copy of the report form may also be obtained from:

Alliance Against Family Violence

1921 19th Street

Bakersfield, California, 93303

Walk-in Complaint Form (PDF)

Submit this form to our office for review after you have filed your report with law enforcement if the agency has completed their investigation and has NOT submitted a request to our office for filing.

Good Cause Form (PDF)

Use this form to file for court-ordered custody within 30 days of leaving the alleged abusive parent.