The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council as its chief legal counsel and has the following responsibilities:
The City Council appoints the City Attorney as its chief legal counsel. The City Attorney’s Office serves as “corporate” legal counsel to the City as an entity and advises the City Council and City staff on contractual, regulatory and litigation matters. These matters typically include open meeting and public records laws; conflicts of interests; land use and environmental laws; claims and litigation; municipal elections; employment and labor relations; municipal utilities; procurement and other internal services; code enforcement; and resolutions, ordinances, and other legal documents.
The City Attorney’s Office does not typically prosecute criminal activity other than violations of the Municipal Code in certain situations. For information about criminal matters, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 925-957-2218 or by mail at P.O. Box 670, Martinez, CA 94553.
Bay Area Legal Aid www.baylegal.org (800) 551-5554
California State Bar Association www.calbar.ca.gov/ (866) 442-2529
Contra Costa County Information & Assistance – Senior & Disabled Helpline (800) 510-2020
Center for Human Development’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution http://chd-prevention.org/programs (925) 349-7344
Contra Costa County Bar Referral Service for a referral to a private attorney at
925-827-5700 or www.cccba.org.
Contra Costa County Superior Court Virtual Self-Help Law Center at
California Courts Online Self-Help Center at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp.
State Bar of California publications at www.calbar.ca.gov.