The Civil Division acts as the government's law firm to represent and defend the interests and rights of the United States in all civil legal actions that originate or are filed within the district.
The Civil Division also acts as the government's legal representative in collecting money owed to the government from fines, court judgments, student loans, bankruptcies, or other sources.
The goal of the Civil Division is to fairly achieve the maximum amount of recovery for the United States with the least amount of cost for each affirmative claim or debt, consistent with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and other governmental interests, and to fairly and justly minimize the amount to which the United States will be held liable in all tort claims.
Examples of Civil Division focus areas include:
- Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE)
- American Indian Cases
- Constitutional Torts
- Employment Discrimination
- Federal Foreclosures
- Financial Litigation Unit (FLU)
- Medical Negligence
- Other Federal Tort Claim Cases
- Personal Injury
- Social Security Disability Appeals
- State Court Foreclosures and Bankruptcies