Functions of the Office

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The County Attorney’s Office DOES:

  • Supervise the legal affairs of the County.
  • Provide legal advice and opinions to:
    • the Board of Supervisors,
    • the Planning Commission,
    • the Board of Zoning Appeals,
    • all other County boards and commissions,
    • County departments and agencies, and
    • Constitutional officers.
  • Represent and defend the County in legal proceedings.
  • File civil proceedings on behalf of the County, including those to collect taxes or other debts, and enforce the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Represent the County in appellate litigation in which the County is a party.
  • Prepare drafts of resolutions and ordinances.
  • Draft or review all legal documents to which the County is a party.

 The County Attorney’s Office DOES NOT:

  • Provide legal advice or opinions to private citizens.
  • Investigate civil matters for private citizens.
  • File lawsuits for private citizens in personal or private legal matters.
  • Prepare wills, deeds, or other legal documents for citizens.
  • Prosecute traffic or criminal offenses. See Resources
  • Represent the Fauquier County School Board. See Resources
  • Litigate cases on behalf of the Fauquier County Department of Social Services. See Resources

If you are a private citizen seeking legal advice, you may contact:

Virginia State Bar Lawyers Referral Service at (800) 552-7977

Legal Aid Works (formerly Rappahannock Rapidan Legal Services) (Culpeper Office) at (540) 825-3131

Fauquier County Bar Association

See also Resources