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Civil Actions Bureau

The Civil Actions Bureau represents the interests of Cook County, defends county office holders and employees in lawsuits and represents the county in actions brought to collect funds owed for taxes and fees.

The Civil Bureau does not file lawsuits on behalf of individuals or advise the public on the law. Citizens with consumer complaints can contact the Consumer Fraud unit that is part of the Special Prosecutions Bureau.

The Bureau is divided into three divisions. The Special Litigation Division consists of the Medical Litigation Section and the Labor and Employment Section. The General Litigation Division consists of the Torts and Civil Rights Section, the Industrial Claims Section and the Revenue Recovery Section. The Transactions, Municipal Litigation and Real Estate Taxation Division consists of the Transactions/Health Law section, the Municipal Litigation section, and the Real Estate Taxation section.

The Bureau was recently reorganized to include the Child Support Enforcement Division, which represents Health Care and Family Services (HFS) in Cook County in seeking delinquent child support payments.

The Civil Actions Bureau is headed by veteran attorney Patrick Driscoll.