The City Attorney reports to the City Council and is responsible for providing legal advice to the Mayor, members of the City Council, City Manager, and to each of the City's Departments. The Council also assigns special projects to the City Attorney, such as the preparation of special ordinances. The Office advocates on the City's behalf in federal and State Courts, the General Assembly, and before quasi-judicial bodies. The City Attorney represents the City's interests in working with property owners, contractors, private citizens, and others who raise concerns about the City's actions. The City Attorney also enforces certain provisions of the Raleigh City Code.
Attorneys in the Office cannot give legal advice or provide legal representation to private citizens.
The Wake County District Attorney's Office (919-792-5000), which is not part of the City of Raleigh, prosecutes traffic tickets and other infractions and crimes.
The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina (919-856-4530) handles matters involving federal law.