Duties & Responsibilities
A county attorney in Minnesota is responsible for the prosecution of all felony crimes committed by adults in the county as well as lesser crimes in the townships. The county attorney also prosecutes all juveniles who commit crimes regardless of the seriousness of the offense. The responsibility of prosecution includes providing support and assistance to victims of crimes.
Legal Adviser to County Board & County Departments
The county attorney serves as the legal adviser for the Board of Commissioners and departments and represents the county in all civil litigation in which the county has no insurance coverage.
Legal Representative of Social Services Department
The county attorney represents Social Services in numerous legal matters including the following:
- Actions to protect abused and neglected children and vulnerable adults
- Actions to involuntarily commit for treatment people who are mentally ill, chemically dependent or severely mentally challenged
- Actions to obtain and enforce child support obligations
- Actions to establish the paternity of a child
Private Citizens Policy
Neither the county attorney nor her staff is allowed to represent, provide legal advice to, or provide legal services to private citizens. Among the areas that are considered private civil matters are:
- Boundary line disputes
- Collection of judgments
- Landlord/tenant disputes
- Orders for protection
- Private covenants
- Writs of execution
The County Attorney can make a referral to a department or agency.
The mission of the Nicollet County Attorney's Office is to provide quality legal representation to county government, to enhance public safety by aggressively and fairly prosecuting those who violate the law, and to steadfastly protect the rights of crime victims and advocate the cause of justice.