California, Office of Attorney General

The Attorney General represents the people of California in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, appellate courts and the supreme courts of California and the United States. The Attorney General also serves as legal counsel to state officers and, with few exceptions, to state agencies, boards and commissions. Exceptions to the centralized legal work done on behalf of the state are listed in Section 11041 of the Government Code.

The Attorney General also assists district attorneys, local law enforcement, and federal and international criminal justice agencies in the administration of justice. To support California’s law enforcement community, the Attorney General coordinates statewide narcotics enforcement efforts, participates in criminal investigations and provides forensic science services, identification and information services and telecommunication support.

In addition, the Attorney General establishes and operates projects and programs to protect Californians from fraudulent, unfair, and illegal activities that victimize consumers or threaten public safety. The Attorney General also enforces laws that safeguard the environment and natural resources.

Under the state Constitution, the Attorney General is elected to a four-year term in the same statewide election as the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Controller, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Insurance Commissioner. In 1990, voters imposed a two-term limit on these statewide offices.

Mailing Address

Attorney General's Office
California Department of Justice
Attn: Public Inquiry Unit
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA

Service on the Attorney General

Information for the service of court filings on the Attorney General


Public Records Act (PRA) Requests

Contact the PRA Ombudsman

For questions regarding the Department of Justice contact:


Public Inquiry Unit

Voice: (916) 322-3360 or(Toll-free in California)(800) 952-5225Fax: (916) 323-5341


California Relay Service

(For Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Callers)TTY/TDD Dial 711 or

English: TTY/TDD (800) 735-2929

Spanish: TTY/TDD (800) 855-3000

Voice: (800) 735-2922

California Office of Attorney General

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