The Civil Division is statutorily responsible for the representation and defense of the three counties in District 21: Cleveland, McClain, and Garvin, including their governing bodies, the Board of County Commissioners, as well as the other five (5) elected officials: the Sheriff, County Clerk, Court Clerk, Treasurer, and Assessor. The Civil Division also represents the elected District Attorney in various civil matters, including, but not limited to, the review and approval of expungement requests, the prosecution of civil asset forfeitures, and the review of personal property return applications. The Civil Division represents the State of Oklahoma in mental health civil commitment proceedings under Title 43A of Oklahoma statutes.
The Civil Division serves as general counsel to these counties and provides legal advice and counsel regarding the performance of each elected official’s statutory duties as well as a variety of other legal issues, such as labor and employment, purchasing, contracts, application of the Oklahoma Governmental Tort Claims Act, and compliance with the Oklahoma Open Meeting and Open Records Acts.
The Civil Division also represents various county boards, commissions, and authorities, including the Boards of Equalization and Excise Boards.