1. What is the difference between the City Attorney's Office and
the District Attorney's Office?
The District Attorney's Office (868-2340) is a department of
the County of Kern. It engages in prosecutions of crimes which
in Kern County It also has specialized units that deal with such
things as Family Support and Juvenile Services. The City Attorney's
Office represents all City departments and agencies in their various
legal affairs (drafting contracts, ordinances, etc.)
2. Where can I get a copy of a provision of the Bakersfield Municipal
3. A City vehicle or work crew damaged my property. What can I
If you believe you have a valid claim against the City, contact
the City's Risk Management Division.
4. Can I get legal advice from the City Attorney's Office if I
live in the City of Bakersfield?
No. The City Attorney's Office does not advise nor represent individuals
in private legal matters. Private legal matters must be handled
by attorneys retained by the individuals. You may want to contact
the Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance (325-5943) or the Kern
County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (868-4622) for assistance.
5. Can I file a complaint against my neighbor with the City Attorney's
No. The City Attorney's Office represents the City of Bakersfield
and its departments and divisions. All civil disputes must be handled
by the individuals through a private attorney. If you believe your
neighbor has committed a crime, report it to the Bakersfield Police
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