Office of Law

The Office of Law, through the County Attorney, is charged with providing day-to-day legal advice and services to the County, including the County Commissioners, County departments, and certain boards and commissions, including the Ethics Commission and the Planning Commission.

Responsibilities & Services

The duties of the Office of Law include day-to-day legal advice, drafting legislation, drafting or reviewing deeds, grants, contracts, and proposals, and managing any legal services provided by outside counsel (e.g. litigation and municipal finance matters). The scope of these duties covers all the civil legal matters of the County.

The County Attorney also participates regularly in the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) and its affiliate group the Maryland Association of County Civil Attorneys. These groups provide analysis and support for MACo directed activities, including advice concerning legislation affecting county interests.

Access to Public Records and Public Information Act Designee

Caroline County government strives to be as open and responsive as possible and publishes a great many documents of interest on our website via the Document Center and Archive Center.  Agendas and minutes for public bodies are also available in the Agenda Center.  

The County Attorney serves as the primary designated representative for requests for information and documents under the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA).  Please direct any PIA requests to the County Attorney using the contact information listed in the column to the right. 

You can learn more about the Public Information Act on the Maryland Attorney General's website.  Click here for a direct link for more information.  

Criminal Matters

The Office of Law does not handle criminal matters.  Criminal matters are handled by the State's Attorney for Caroline County.  

The Office of Law also does not provide personal legal advice to individuals. If you need personal legal assistance, you can contact Mid-Shore Pro Bono, to see if you are eligible for free or low-cost legal help.