Attorney

Services During COVID-19

Due to surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Linn County has closed most County buildings to the public once again to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity of County services. The closures will remain in effect until public health conditions improve and allow for modifications. The Linn County Courthouse is open, but entry is on a limited basis.

County staff continue to work on-site and remotely to provide County services to the public. Residents and businesses may conduct County business online, by phone, by email, by mail, and by drop boxes located outside County buildings. 

To contact the Linn County Attorney's Office, please call 319-892-6350 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We appreciate the public's understanding of the need to conduct business in new ways during this global pandemic.

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The Linn County attorney is a constitutionally elected official.

 
The county attorney is charged with the prosecution of criminal violations as defined by the Code of Iowa. The County Attorney's Office is comprised of 20 assistant Linn County attorneys and 19 support staff personnel and is divided into three divisions Civil, Criminal and Juvenile.

The County Attorney is the Legal adviser and chief law enforcement officer for your county. The County Attorney does...

  • Exercise professional discretion when making decisions on criminal charges.
  • Prosecute all violations of state criminal laws and county ordinances.
  • Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors and county and township officers concerning county matters.
  • Represent and defend the state, county and its officers in officially related cases.
  • Present all juvenile delinquency and child in need of assistance cases and mental health commitment proceedings.

The County Attorney, in his or her official capacity, does not...

  • Give legal advice to or represent private groups or persons.
  • File lawsuits for private persons or defend them against lawsuits, including actions for dissolution of marriage.
  • Prepare wills, deeds or other legal documents for private individuals.

Helpful Numbers

Public Defenders Office
319-398-3690

Clerk of Court
319-398-3411
319-398-3920

Linn County Advocate
319-398-3535

Linn County Jail
319-892-6300

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