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County Attorney

Your County Attorney is the legal advisor and chief law enforcement officer for your county.
The County Attorney DOES:

– Prosecute all violations of state criminal laws and county ordinances.
– Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors and county and township
officers concerning county matters.
– Represent and defend the state, county and its officers in officially related cases.
– Recover all monies (debts, fines, penalties, etc.) owing to the state or county.
– Present all mental health commitment proceedings and all juvenile delinquency
and children in need of assistance cases.


Your County Attorney in his or her official capacity, DOES NOT:
– Give legal advice to or represent private groups or persons.
– File lawsuits for private persons or defend them against lawsuits, including
actions for dissolution of marriage.
– Prepare wills, deeds or other legal documents for private individuals.


There are both full-time and part-time County Attorneys in Iowa. Roughly two-thirds of all County Attorneys are part-time and may handle private legal work in addition to their official duties.


Related Links

Iowa Code
Iowa Courts Online
Iowa Legal Aid
Iowa Department of Corrections
Federal Bureau of Prisons