County Counsel

The County Counsel represents the County and its officials in civil litigation, defends the County in administrative law proceedings, provides written and oral legal opinions to County officers, and acts as legal advisor to County boards, commissions and committees. The County Counsel's Office does not provide advice directly to members of the public.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I get free legal advice from the County Counsel?

A. No. The County Counsel provides legal advice to the Board of Supervisors, elected officials, and County departments for matters related to the operation and management of the County government. The County Counsel and other attorneys in the office cannot provide legal advice to members of the public.

Q. Who can "Accept Service"?

A. All claims, summons and complaints against the County or a County department must be "served" (delivered) to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, the agent authorized to accept service on behalf of the County of Butte. No departmental employee should accept service of any claim, complaint or summons on behalf of the County or County agency. The process server will be directed to deliver the papers to the Clerk of the Board in Suite 200 of the County Administration Building. The Office of County Counsel does not accept service, unless there is a prior agreement to accept service on behalf of a client.

 Contact County Counsel

County Counsel
Phone:    530.538.7621
Fax:        530.538.6891

 Location and Hours

County Counsel
25 County Center Drive,
Suite 210
Oroville CA, 95965

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays