Law & Order: Los Angeles is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, adapted as a spin-off of the successful crime drama Law & Order.
Set in Los Angeles, California, the series follows a two part approach. When a crime is committed, the victims are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the Los Angeles Police Department, who investigate the crime, and the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, who conduct the people's case in the trial. In every episode, the first half hour focuses on the investigation by the detectives, followed by the second half the of episode focusing on the prosecution of the offenders by the district attorneys.
In the style of the original Law & Order, episodes are often "ripped from the headlines" or loosely based on a real crime that received media attention.
Investigating the crimes are Detective Sean Hollingsworth, a seasoned veteran who has seen it all, his partner Detective Lisa Gonzalez, who has recently been promoted to the robbery-homicide division from vice, who both report to their boss Lieutenant Marshall Pearson. It is their job to investigate the crime, collect evidence, interview witnesses and then, when the evidence points to a suspect or suspects, place the suspect(s) under arrest. The matter is then taken over by executive deputy district attorney Elizabeth Kaufmann with support from her assistant prosecutor Brian O'Hara, who both work under the watchful eye of District Attorney Patrick Nuñez. Together Kaufmann and O'Hara discuss deals, prepare the witnesses and evidence and conduct the people's case in the trial.
Both teams work with the Coroner's Office, Crime Lab and psychiatrists from both the police department and DA's office.
Against this backdrop, crimes are committed that could only take place in Los Angeles, one of the world's most glamorous and intriguing cities. From the economically and culturally diverse neighborhoods of LA, the detectives and prosecutors come up against criminals who are just as diverse, from diamond thieves and Hollywood movie moguls to street gangs, mobsters, kidnappers and serial killers.
Matters are rarely resolved easily, or for the people involved, satisfactorily. Some cases create public unrest and controversy. Race, morals and beliefs are frequently challenged and manipulated, the guilty can go unpunished and the innocent ruined forever.
And yet the men and women in the criminal justice system are somehow still dedicated to their jobs, to make the guilty answer for their crimes and gain some sense of justice for the victim and the victim's family.