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Civil Services

The Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys of the Civil Division act on behalf of the Lake County Prosecuting Attorney by carrying out his statutory duty as the legal advisor to all Lake County boards, agencies, elected officials, township officers, boards, and commissions. The attorneys also act as legal advisors to all of the local school districts and tax-supported libraries in Lake County.

Civil

The responsibilities of the Civil Division attorneys include: rendering legal opinions to each of the Prosecutor’s clients upon request; negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts; drafting any other necessary legal documents; and initiating and defending civil actions and appeals on behalf of their clients in both the state and federal courts. These civil actions embody issues that are as varied and diverse as any found in the private practice of law and include: complex contract and construction issues, real property acquisitions, zoning issues, real and personal property taxation, personal injury claims, personnel and labor issues, workers’ compensation claims, constitutional claims, and civil rights violations.

In every endeavor, the Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys represent each of the Prosecuting Attorney’s clients and, in doing so, represent the tax-paying citizens of Lake County, in an ethical and professional manner with the pursuit of justice as their singular priority.

A list of clients for the Civil Division includes the following elected officials, boards, and offices:

County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental HealthServices Board (ADAMHS)County AuditorCounty Bee InspectorCounty Building Inspection DepartmentCounty Children’s Services BoardCounty Clerk of CourtsCounty Board of CommissionersCourt of Appeals for the Eleventh DistrictCourts of Common Pleas: Domestic Relations, Juvenile, and ProbateCounty CoronerCounty EngineerData ProcessingDog WardenEducational Service Center (formerly County Board of Education)County Board of ElectionsEmergency Management AgencyEmergency Planning Committee (Hazardous Materials Board)Family First CounselCounty Employee Training AdministrationHealth DistrictCounty Job and Family Services DepartmentCounty Child Support Enforcement AgencyMicrofilm BoardBudget CommissionCounty Board of RevisionCounty Board of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities (Deepwood)Narcotics AgencyCounty Planning CommissionProbation DepartmentPsychiatric ClinicPublic DefenderCentral PurchasingCounty RecorderRecords CommissionCounty SheriffCounty Soil and Water Conservation DistrictCounty Solid Waste DistrictTelecommunications DepartmentTitle BureausCounty TreasurerUtilities DepartmentCounty Veterans’ ServicesConcord TownshipLeroy TownshipMadison TownshipPainesville TownshipPerry TownshipFire Districts for said TownshipsAuburn Career CenterFairport Village SchoolsKirtland SchoolsMadison SchoolsMentor Exempted Village SchoolsPainesville City Local SchoolsPainesville Township SchoolsPerry SchoolsFairport Public LibraryKirtland Public LibraryMacKenzie Memorial Public LibraryMentor Public LibraryMorley (County) LibraryPerry Public LibraryWickliffe Public LibraryWilloughby-Eastlake Library (all branches)Willowick LibraryLake Hospitals (While the Prosecutor does not represent the hospital, the Board of Commissioners owns the corporation which owns the hospital and appoints its members)GIS Department

Tax Collection

The Prosecutor’s Civil Division attorneys are also charged with representing the County Treasurer in enforcing the collection of all delinquent real and personal property taxes in Lake County.