The Civil Division acts as the County’s law firm. The Scioto County Prosecutor, through the Civil Division, is the legal advisor to all county boards, county agencies, county elected officials, and township trustees, officers, boards and commissions.
The Civil Division consists of three attorneys, and support staff. Its responsibilities include initiating and defending civil actions and appeals in state and federal courts, and in a variety of administrative settings. The cases handled by the Civil Division include complex business law issues, civil rights violations, personal injury claims, and real property acquisitions. The Civil Division also deals with personnel and labor/employment issues and worker’s compensation claims; renders written legal opinions to clients who request them; and reviews and gives approval as to the form of all county contracts. The Civil Division assumes a significant and proactive role in providing legal counsel regarding the implementation and enforcement of a wide variety of programs and policies administered throughout Scioto County.
The Civil Division is also responsible for reviewing public records requests submitted to the various county agencies to determine whether or not such requests should be honored under the provisions of Ohio’s public records law.
The Civil Division is collects delinquent property taxes and represents the Scioto County Treasurer in the filing of foreclosure actions against property owners who are delinquent in the payment of property taxes. In 2013, the Civil Division filed at over 120 foreclosure actions against delinquent property owners, and collected $1,004,971.82 in delinquent real estate taxes and assessments on behalf of Scioto County.
The Civil Division is also responsible for the forfeiture and seizure of assets used by criminals in the commission of crimes.
Finally, the Civil Division represents the Scioto County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA)in prosecuting Delinquent Child Support actions. Civil Contempt actions are filed against child support Obligors who are in arrears on their child support obligations. On behalf of the CSEA, the Civil Division helps custodial parents and family members collect thousands of dollars in back child support each year.