Frequently Asked Questions
Published on: 3/1/2016 1:06 PM
How does the Office of the County Counsel affect me?
The County Counsel’s Office provides the County with an efficient,
cost-effective method of obtaining legal services for the protection of
its programs, departments, agencies, and financial resources. County
residents benefit from the reduced expense in litigation and legal
advice, as well as from the attorneys’ in-depth knowledge of County
Can the County Counsel's Office help me obtain a domestic violence restraining order?
The County Counsel’s Office only represents County agencies and the Board of Supervisors, and does not provide legal services to members of the public. Listed below are some links to legal agencies that may be able to assist in a domestic violence situation:
To report suspected Child Abuse, call the Child Abuse Hotline at 408-299-2071.
In addition, you can also call 2-1-1 or go to www.211scc.org for a referral to health and human services.
Does the County Counsel provide legal service to the public?
No. The County Counsel cannot provide legal services to the public. This office was established to provide specialized legal counsel to the Board of Supervisors, elected officials, and County employees in all legal matters affecting the departments and agencies that constitute County government. If you are in need of legal advice, the Santa Clara County Bar Association
has a Lawyer Referral Service available to help in locating a qualified attorney.