Legal Department


The City Attorney's Office is responsible for all litigation involving the City of Bismarck and prosecutes all criminal ordinance violations as well as infractions and traffic code violations.

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The City Attorney's Office advises and represents all City elected and appointed officials, boards, and commissions on all civil legal matters pertaining to the City of Bismarck. The office represents the city government in its day-to-day operations. 

The City Attorney's Office does not provide advice concerning private legal matters such as criminal defense, landlord/tenant issues, private property issues, recovery of loaned money, divorce issues, recovery of wages from an employer, child custody issues, etc. For matters such as these, the citizen would need to contact and consult with a private attorney.