What does the Law Department do?

The Law Department:

  • Acquires private property for public use
  • Advises the Mayor, City Council, and all City departments
  • Drafts City Council resolutions, contracts, and ordinances
  • Prosecutes misdemeanors and civil infractions in 16th District Court
  • Represents the City in civil lawsuits; provides legal opinions
  • Responds to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests

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1. How do I know if I need a lawyer and how do I pick one?
2. Where can I find standard court forms such as a criminal discovery order or a civil or criminal adjournment form?
3. Where is the 16th District Court?
4. How do I find a private attorney?
5. How do I report a crime?
6. Where is the
7. What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?
8. How do I obtain a Personal Protection Order (PPO)?
9. Is the Law Department able to represent me or give me legal advice?
10. How do I submit a Freedom of Information Act request?
11. What does the Law Department do?
12. Where can I find a copy of the City Ordinances?
13. Who do I call to report a barking dog?
14. How do I report an ordinance violation?
15. How do I challenge a traffic ticket?