Bernard A. Carter, JD
Lake County Prosecutor
Bernie, as the Prosecuting Attorney for the 31st Judicial Circuit, which is Lake County, represents the State of Indiana and protects the people of Lake County from violence and crime by prosecuting and incarcerating wrongdoers to ensure public safety. A native of Gary, IN, he was elected as Prosecuting Attorney in 1994 and has served in this position since.
He has long been active in community affairs, having served in many capacities with charitable associations, legal groups and professional organizations on both state and local levels. Of African-American heritage, Prosecutor Carter has earned many “firsts” – as the first elected black judge in the history of Lake County; the first elected black Prosecutor in the history of both Lake County and the State of Indiana; and the first elected black President of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council for two terms.