Please be advised that we are experiencing some necessary operational changes as a result of the national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. There may be some delay in the processing of your request, specifically for requests received by mail. Please know that we are working to avoid any major disruptions in the processing of electronic requests. However, there may be some delay in the processing of all requests we receive. You may reach out to our FOIA Requester Service Center and FOIA Public Liaison if you have any questions about your request.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

FOIA Contact:

Elizabeth A. Wood
FOIA Office
Civil Division
Department of Justice
Room 8314
1100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
OFFICE: (202) 514-2319

FOIA Requester Service Center: (202) 514-2319

Conventional Reading Room:

Contact Elizabeth A. Wood (see above)

FOIA Library:

This includes frequently requested records, opinions, policy statements, and staff manuals/instructions to staff, created by the Civil Division after November 1, 1996.

Component Description:

The Civil Division represents the United States, its agencies, and its employees in general civil litigation that is not within the specialized fields of other divisions of the Department. It defends the Federal Government in suits challenging the constitutionality, lawfulness, or propriety of Presidential initiatives, federal statutes, and Government programs and actions. It also initiates litigation to enforce various federal statutes, including The False Claims Act, and the nation's consumer protection and immigration laws. It handles tort claims against the Government, and the defense of federal civilian and military officials sued personally for official actions. The Division retains all record material relating to cases under its jurisdiction. The Civil Division also maintains records relating to the administration of the office.

Special information required to make a FOIA request:


Publicly available information for which a FOIA request is not required:

None. If interested in such information, please contact the office listed above.

Multitrack processing:

Track one is for simple requests. Track two is more standard multi-document requests under the FOIA. Track three is complex requests generally requiring processing which would exceed the 20-day statutory time period.

FOIA Exclusions

FOIA Exemptions

Major Information Systems


FOIA Reference Guide

DOJ’s FOIA Regulations

Updated January 5, 2022

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