About County Counsel

The County Counsel's Office is a team of legal professionals providing advice and representation to County departments, agencies, boards, commissions, and special districts.  Our work supports client policy innovations and promotes excellence, civility, and integrity in the delivery of government services.  This advances the County's broader mission to provide a safe, healthy, livable, prosperous, and well-governed community.


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Frequently Asked Questions


What does the County Counsel’s office do?

The County Counsel's office is a team of legal professionals providing advice and representation to County departments, agencies, boards, commissions, and special districts. Our work supports client policy innovations and promotes excellence, civility, and integrity in the delivery of government services which advances the County's broader mission of providing a safe, healthy, livable, prosperous, and well-governed community.

Our duty as attorneys is to the County clients we represent; as a result, the County Counsel’s office does not provide legal advice or legal services to the public.
 

How do I find out the status of a claim I've submitted?

Please direct all inquiries regarding the status of a submitted claim to the Claims Examiner for the County of San Luis Obispo at Carl Warren & Company. You can contact their office at  (818) 265-6729.
 

How do I make a Public Records Act request?

Please submit Public Records Act requests directly to the County department that retains the records you seek as all records retained by County Counsel are protected by attorney/client privilege. If the department you chose does not maintain the records you seek, your request will be forwarded to the correct department, to the extent it is known. Each department that maintains public records has a Public Records Act request form available on that department’s website. This form is not required to submit a request; however, this form assists the department in identifying the records or data you are requesting and tracks your request so a timely response can be provided.
 

How do I serve a new Writ of Mandate/Complaint on the County?

The Clerk-Recorder’s office is the County of San Luis Obispo’s agent for service of process.  All new Writs of Mandate/Complaints must be personally served or mailed to the Clerk-Recorder’s office at 1055 Monterey Street, Suite D120, San Luis Obispo, CA  93408. Subsequent pleadings in a Writ of Mandate/Complaint should be served on the attorneys of record.
 

How do I serve a subpoena on a County employee?

Subpoenas should be served on the County employee in the department where the County employee works using that department’s custodian of records to assist, if necessary.  Please be advised that County Counsel does not accept service of subpoenas or summonses on behalf of the County, County departments, or County employees.
 

Who should I contact for legal advice?

If you need assistance in choosing a lawyer to represent your interests, the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)  (http://slobarlris.org/) is a non-profit community service program sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association and certified by State Bar of California.  The LRIS can help you find an attorney that specifically matches your legal need or problem; to help you determine if alternative resources are appropriate; and to provide you with direction when a legal matter appears confusing, intimidating, or time consuming.