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Civil Division

The Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma represents the United States, federal officials/employees, and federal agencies in civil actions at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts.

The Civil Division has two primary responsibilities:

To represent and defend the interests of the United States as a defendant whenever it or one of the federal agencies, its officers, or agents is sued. These defensive matters involve a broad range of cases including employment disputes, medical malpractice suits, other tort (personal injury) actions, federal prisoner litigation, judicial review of federal agency administrative decisions, and cases challenging the constitutionality of federal statutes and regulatory schemes.

To represent the interests of the United States in enforcement of civil laws seeking to recover funds lost due to fraud committed against the government, mortgage foreclosures, and land condemnation.

The Civil Division also handles programmatic cases, in which declaratory and/or injunctive relief is sought; such cases include those brought under the Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act, and other substantive statutes, such as the Immigration and Naturalization Act, the Social Security Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Clean Water Act.