(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, it shall be the duty of the district
attorney to appear in the several courts of the judicial district in which the district
attorney is elected and to prosecute or defend, on behalf of the people therein, all
matters arising under the laws of this state, and such civil matters as are instituted
by the district attorney, in which the state or any county in such judicial district
is a party or has an interest. Any power or duty now conferred or imposed by law upon all county attorneys within
their respective counties shall be exercised or performed by district attorneys within
their respective districts, or by any of their assistants or deputies provided for
in this act.
(b) No district attorney shall be required to appear in any civil action or proceeding
which relates to the operation of any county hospital of any county in the judicial
district. The district attorney may appear in any such civil action or proceeding at the district
attorney's discretion, when requested by the board of county commissioners or the
board of the county hospital.
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