Under California law, the City Attorney cannot provide legal advice to members of the public. For referrals, please see our Referral List.
Can the City Attorney represent me in my private matter?
The City Attorney represents the City of National City, the Community Development Commission of the City of National City, and the respective Departments in legal matters. The City Attorney cannot represent private individuals in private matters.
What is the difference between the City Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office?
The City Attorney in National City is appointed by the City Council. The primary function of the City Attorney’s Office is to represent the City, and to advise its officials and employees regarding City business. The City Attorney is authorized to engage in the criminal prosecution of violations of the National City Municipal Code, which may be punishable as infractions or misdemeanors.
The District Attorney is elected by the voters of San Diego County. The main function of the District Attorney’s Office is to appear before and advise the Grand Jury, and to prosecute violations of state law. Such violations may constitute an infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony.
Can I review or get copies of public records maintained by the City of National City?
To review or receive a copy of a public record maintained by the City, make your request to the City department that has the records or to the City Clerk. It is preferable that you make your request in writing so that the City can respond to your request in a timely and responsive manner.
I do not agree with a City department about the interpretation of a certain code requirement. Can the City Attorney help me?
If you are having an issue with a particular City department, please contact the Director of that particular department. The City Attorney’s role is to advise the various departments of the City, not individuals interacting with a department.