Division of Civil Law
Office Locations: Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Career Opportunities: Attorneys, Paralegals, Auditors, Analysts, Student Interns.
The mission of the Civil Law Division is to provide skilled legal services to state agencies and officials in trial and appellate litigation which includes prosecuting and defending matters in state and federal courts and before various administrative tribunals. The division is organized into eight sections, as summarized below:
Tort and Condemnation Section defends state agencies and employees in lawsuits alleging personal injuries or property damage, handles condemnation actions on behalf of the state.
Business and Tax Section represents the three major state taxing agencies and the major business regulatory agencies involving insurance, banking, and real estate.
Government Law Section provides advice and representation to the state’s seven elected constitutional officers, as well as its fiscal agencies, and handles matters relating to the Public Records Act, contract litigation, and the Attorney General’s duties relating to ballot initiatives and elections.
Correctional Law Section represents high-level state officials and correctional staff in constitutional challenges arising out of the state prison and parole system.
Employment and Administrative Mandate Section represents state regulatory and law enforcement agencies in matters such as the revocation and suspension of drivers’ licenses, discipline of law enforcement officers, and lottery and horse racing issues. It also defends state agencies and employees in major employment litigation.
Licensing Section represents licensing boards, bureaus and commissions in both administrative and trial court proceedings to deny, revoke or suspend licenses in cases brought against state-licensed professionals such as contractors, accountants, auto repair and pest control firms.
Health Quality Enforcement Section brings disciplinary actions against state-licensed physicians and other health-related licensees, which involve both administrative and trial court proceedings.
Health, Education and Welfare Section represents public agencies charged with administering state and local welfare, health, and educational programs.
Division of Criminal Law
Office Locations: Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Career Opportunities: Attorneys, Paralegals, Special Agents, Auditors, Analysts, Clericals, Law Student Interns.
The Criminal Law Division upholds the Attorney General’s constitutional responsibility to represent the People of California in criminal cases. The division is organized into several sections:
The Appeals, Writs and Trials Section handles post-conviction proceedings. This involves prosecuting felony criminal appeals in state court, responding to petitions for writs of habeas corpus in state and federal courts, and prosecuting death penalty appeals. Deputies also handle criminal investigations, conduct evidentiary hearings, appear in local courts to litigate recusal motions, and prosecute felonies in cases in which the local county district attorney has been recused or otherwise removed from the case. Deputies appear regularly in the California Court of Appeal, California Supreme Court, United States District Court, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and occasionally in the United States Supreme Court.
The Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse is an $18.6 million federal grant program. The Bureau conducts statewide investigations and prosecutes fraud relating to the activities of medical providers receiving funding under the Medi-Cal system. The section also reviews and prosecutes reports of elder abuse and neglect of patients housed in federally funded nursing home facilities.
Correctional Writs & Appeals Section represents the state in civil rights actions involving state prisoners. This section also represents the Department of Corrections, Board of Prison Terms, Youth Authority and the Department of Mental Health and their employees in cases regarding policies, practices or conditions of confinement of inmates.
The Office of Native American Affairs serves as liaison and addresses justice-related issues for California's Indian citizens who reside on reservations, rancherias and in urban communities for the overall improvement of the quality of life for Indian people.
The Financial Fraud and Special Prosecutions Unit investigates and prosecutes complex criminal cases occurring in California, primarily related to financial, securities, mortgage, and environmental fraud; public corruption, including violations of California’s Political Reform Act; “underground economy” offenses, including tax and revenue fraud and counterfeiting; transnational organized crime; human trafficking; and crimes within the scope of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Children’s Justice. Vertical teams of prosecutors, investigators, auditors, and paralegals often work with federal and local authorities on cases involving multi-jurisdictional criminal activity.
Victims' Services Unit leads California’s fight toward preserving the rights of crime victims through responsive programs, accessibility of services, and progressive legislation.
The Research Advisory Panel primarily seeks to ensure the safety and protection of participating human research subjects and adequate security of the controlled substances used in the study. The Panel Members evaluate the scientific validity of each proposed project, and may reject proposals where the research is poorly conceived, would produce conclusions of little scientific value, or would not justify the exposure of California subjects to the risk of research.
California law, pursuant to Health & Safety Code Sections §11480 & §11481, requires proposed research projects using certain opioid, stimulant, and hallucinogenic drugs classified as Schedule I and Schedule II Controlled Substances as their main study drug(s), to be reviewed and authorized by the Research Advisory Panel of California in the Attorney General's Office. See the Panel’s website: oag.ca.gov/research for specific criteria.
During 2014 the Panel reviewed thirty-three research study submissions. Thirty-one were approved by the Panel. Among the approved studies, ten studies were Academic research studies, one study were Substance Abuse Treatment research protocols, and twenty studies were Multi-Clinical Drug Trial research studies.
At the end of 2014, the Panel was monitoring one hundred-thirteen research projects.
Division of Public Rights
Office Locations: Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Career Opportunities: Attorneys, Paralegals, Analysts, Auditors, Investigators, Clericals, and Student Assistants/Interns.
The mission of the Public Rights Division is to safeguard the state’s environment, lands, and natural resources; maintain competitive markets; prevent fraudulent business practices; protect consumers against misleading advertising claims; monitor Indian and Gaming practices; preserve charitable assets, and protect the civil rights of individuals. The division is organized into ten units as summarized below:
Natural Resources Section represents state agencies responsible for enforcing and administering laws and programs that protect California’s environment and natural resources.
Environment Section enforces state and federal environmental laws affecting California’s natural resources, its communities and public health.
Land Law Section handles litigation involving lands owned and administered by the state.
Antitrust Section enforces federal and state antitrust laws and the state’s unfair competition statute.
Consumer Law Section protects consumers against unsafe products, deceptive and unfair business practices and misleading advertising.
Charitable Trusts Section Section has jurisdiction over charitable organizations, trustees, and fundraising professionals that operate in California.
Civil Rights Enforcement Section protects and promotes the civil rights of all California residents and represents state agencies responsible for civil rights enforcement.
Indian and Gaming Law Section consults and advises the Governor in connection with tribal-state compact negotiations, and Indian law issues.
The mission of the Tobacco Litigation and Enforcement Section is to protect the public health and safety of all Californians, especially children, from the devastating effects of tobacco use. We enforce the Master Settlement Agreement and tobacco-related laws, monitor tobacco industry practices and promote other tobacco control measures.
Corporate Fraud Section investigates and prosecutes cases involving California's energy crisis, securities and commodities fraud, the underground economy, and fraud and other financial wrongdoing perpetrated against the state. It brings complex prosecutions under a wide range of statutes, including the Unfair Competition Law, the California False Claims Act, and the Corporate Securities and Commodities Laws. The section regularly investigates and prosecutes cases in cooperation with federal, sister state, and local government agencies and prosecutors. Many of the cases prosecuted by the section's False Claims Unit arise from qui tam actions filed by whistleblowers who have inside knowledge of wrongdoing.
Division of Law Enforcement
Office Locations: Throughout California.
Career Opportunities: Criminalists, Special Agents, Criminal Intelligence Specialists, Analysts, Security Officers, Clericals, and Interns.
The mission of the Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) is to provide extraordinary services in forensic sciences and education, narcotic and criminal investigations, intelligence, and training. Our mission can best be achieved by working in partnership with local state, and federal law enforcement agencies. "Justice under the law and the highest ethical standards" shall be the focus of our service.
DLE Director’s Office serves as the policy making and oversight body for the four bureaus within DLE. It also provides policy recommendations and guidance, from a law enforcement perspective, to the Attorney General.
Additionally, the Director's Office enhances public safety through training, technical, and administrative support to the investigative and forensic components of DLE and other criminal justice agencies.
Bureau of Forensic Services assists the criminal justice system through the timely collection and scientific examination of physical evidence and the clear, objective interpretation of analytical findings. BFS maintains 10 full-service regional crime laboratories that provide forensic services to over 500 agencies in 46 of California’s 58 counties.
Bureau of Investigation provides an expert level of investigative and criminal intelligence services through innovative programs, technological support, and dedicated, professional personnel. Also provides services to criminal justice and public agencies as well as the Department in criminal and civil cases.
Advanced Training Center provides training in specialized investigative techniques to California law enforcement personnel and provides and coordinates inservice training for DOJ employees.
Professional Standards Group provides investigative services for all components within the DOJ by conducting formal internal affairs management inquiries and pre-employment background investigation interviews.
Facilities Protection Unit provides all levels of executive protection for the Attorney General, his executive staff and coordinates the security systems for all DOJ facilities throughout California.
Bureau of Firearms
Office Locations: Sacramento.
Career Opportunities: Managers, Special Agents, Field Representatives, Analysts, Criminal Identification Specialists, Program Technicians, and Clericals.
The mission of the Bureau of Firearms is to serve the people of California through education, regulation and enforcement actions regarding the manufacture, sales, ownership, safety training, testing and transfer of firearms. Bureau of Firearms staff are leaders in providing firearms expertise and information to law enforcement, legislators and the general public in a comprehensive program to promote legitimate and responsible firearms possession and use by California residents. The bureau includes the organizational units as summarized below:
Administration and Special Projects Section provides administrative and special project support to the entire Bureau of Firearms (BOF). Section responsibilities include administering the BOF annual budget, analyzing all firearms-related legislation, providing personnel services, maintaining the BOF Web Site and all BOF information technology issues, and providing procurement and contract services.
Enforcement Section provides firearms expertise and training to the BOF and law enforcement agencies, conducts dangerous weapon background investigations, monitors security of firearms under the control of the BOF, testifies as expert witnesses in administrative and legislative hearings and also in State and Federal Court trials and other proceedings. The Enforcement Section is also responsible for investigating, disarming, apprehending, and ensuring the prosecution of persons who are prohibited or become prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm as a result of their mental health status, a felony/violent misdemeanor conviction, and/or a domestic restraining order, as well as, conducting covert operations of firearms dealers at stores and gun shows.
Purchaser and Employment Eligibility Clearance Section processes firearms sale/transfer reports sent electronically or by telephone from firearms dealers. The section must determine within 10 days of a firearms purchase or transfer whether the person is prohibited by law from acquiring or possessing firearms in California. During this 10-day waiting period, this section must stop the sale/transfer of a firearm to prohibited persons. This section also determines whether applicants for peace officer positions or armed security guard licenses may possess firearms.
Armed and Prohibited Persons Section utilizes the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), a database populated with data from a number of existing DOJ databases, to identify criminals who are prohibited from possessing firearms subsequent to the legal acquisition of firearms or registration of assault weapons. The APPS program is a highly sophisticated investigative tool that provides law enforcement agencies with information about gun owners who are legally prohibited from possessing firearms.
Licensing and Permits Section issues licenses and/or permits to persons to possess, manufacture or sell machine guns, assault weapons, destructive devices, and short-barreled rifles/shotguns, determines eligibility to possess firearms on Carry Concealed Weapons (CCW) permit applicants, and processes assault weapon registrations. This section administers the Certificate of Eligibility and Centralized List of Firearms Dealers Programs and the Handgun Safety Certificate Program where persons purchasing a handgun must first obtain a HSC certificate. This section also issues verification numbers to out-of-state Federal Firearms Licensees attempting to deliver, sell or transfer firearms to California Federal Firearms Licensees, processes gun show producer documents and reviews gun show event plans.
Training, Information and Compliance Section provides firearms-related instruction and expertise to dealers, law enforcement, superior and juvenile courts, mental health facilities, district attorneys, legislators and the general public and inspects firearms dealerships and manufacturers to ensure compliance with firearms laws and regulations. This section also certifies handgun and firearm safety device testing laboratories and maintains a roster of handguns and firearm safety devices certified for sale in California.
Bureau of Gambling Control
Office Locations: Sacramento and San Diego.
Career Opportunities: Managers, Special Agents, Analysts, Investigative Auditors, Information Systems, Clericals, and Student Assistants.
The mission of the Bureau of Gambling Control is to ensure that gambling in California is conducted honestly, competitively and free of criminal and corruptive elements. The Bureau has regulatory authority over California’s cardrooms under the Gambling Control Act. In March 2000, the California voters passed Proposition 1A permitting Class III gaming on Indian land. While the tribe maintains the primary responsibility for onsite regulation, the State is responsible for ensuring compliance with all aspects of the Tribal/State compact. The Bureau’s responsibilities fall into two general categories: licensing/compliance and enforcement.
Licensing conducts in-depth background investigations on applicants to determine whether they are suitable to hold a state gambling license. Suitability is determined by a number of factors including honesty, integrity, general character, reputation, habits, financial and criminal history. The Bureau is also responsible for tracking the identity, prior activities and present location of all gambling enterprise employees, and ensuring that all gambling enterprise employees hold a valid work permit. Work permits may be issued by the local authority, or by the State in jurisdictions where a locally-issued work permit is not required.
Compliance and Enforcement monitors the conduct of licensees to ensure that they are operating in compliance with the law. Agents and investigative auditors inspect premises where gambling is conducted; examine gambling equipment; audit papers, books, and records of the gambling establishment; investigate suspected violations of gambling laws; coordinate multijurisdictional investigations; investigate complaints lodged against licensees by the public; initiate disciplinary action where appropriate; and, provide immediate preservation of the public’s health, safety and welfare. The Bureau records and monitors the transportation of all gaming devices, and ensures all new slot machines meet established technical standards.
California Justice Information Services
Office Locations: Sacramento.
Career Opportunities: Information/Computer Technology classifications, such as Information Systems Analysts, Computer Operations Specialists, Systems Software Specialists, Programmers; and Law Enforcement classes such as Criminal Identification Specialists, Managers, Field Representatives, Latent Print Analysts, Research Analysts, Crime Studies Technicians, Program Technicians, Clericals, Analysts and many more.
The California Justice Information Services (CJIS) provides criminal justice intelligence, identification, information and technology services to law enforcement, regulatory agencies and the public. The Division includes six major organizational units as summarized below:
Bureau of Criminal Information and Analysis provides criminal data and identification services to the law enforcement community, applicant regulatory agencies and the public; maintains state summary criminal history information.
Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information Services provides information and technical assistance on information systems including wanted persons, stolen vehicles and violent offenders, as well as analysis of statistical data pertaining to the Criminal Justice System; and, maintains central files of missing and unidentified persons, sex and arson offender registrants and habitual sexual offenders.
Office of the Chief Information Officer - Departmental Technology Services Bureau serves as the focal point for all IT projects within the DOJ; facilitates alignment of IT projects with strategic plans/initiatives; ensures projects are planned and executed from a departmental perspective in a consistent effective manner; ensures the security, availability, and oversight of the DOJ’s information resources; and monitors and oversees the highest level of physical and electronic security on all of the department’s hardware and software systems.
Criminal Justice IT Services Bureau develops and supports the primary identification and information systems and computer applications that are used by the DOJ and LEAs. CJITSB provides and maintains law enforcement systems and services that fulfill DOJ's legislative responsibilities, thus adding value for the law enforcement community in California. The investigative systems include the Statewide Investigative Networking Systems (SINS), and Bureau of Investigation. The Bureau also provides reporting and testing support for all application developers.
Technology Services Bureau provides efficient, prompt, and courteous desktop and application support services to the Department's business units. These responsibilities include providing first level technical support to departmental employees statewide; installation and maintenance of all desktop hardware; development and maintenance of the departments Internet/Intranet, Forensic, and Consolidated Firearms Information Systems along with a number of Java applications for the department.
Operations Support Bureau provides policy and administrative direction to division programs; ensures compliance with state regulations for persons using Criminal Offender Record Information.
Division of Administrative Support
Office Locations: Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Career Opportunities: Managers, Legal Office Administrators/Supervisors, Analysts (Budget, Contracting, Human Resources, General Business) Business Services Officers, Personnel Services Specialists Specialists in Facility Management and Telecommunications, Accounting, Legal Analysts, Information Technology Analysts, Printing Trades Specialists, Librarians, Legal Secretaries, Clericals and Student Assistants/Interns.
The mission of the Division of Administrative Support is to provide assistance and support services to the department’s line programs as well as legal support services. The division ensures that the department complies with federal and state laws, rules, and regulations for all administrative functions. If you have questions, please contact us via email DASDirector@doj.ca.gov.
The division includes the following organizational units:
Statewide Operational Services Unit houses the Director’s Office and provides various departmental services in support of conference services, regulations, asset management, records management, public information inquiries and legislatively mandated reports. This Unit also provides division-level technical and analytical support in the areas of training, personnel, and saftey.
Office of Human Resources provides consultation and support in the areas of hiring, promoting, disciplining, and separating employees; labor relations; health and safety and workers’ compensation; and, the processing of payroll and benefits for all employees.
Budget Office prepares the department’s annual budget and other financial documents, as well as provides technical assistance to program managers in carrying out the department’s spending plan, including developing the baseline budget and budget change proposals.
Accounting Office performs all accounting functions for the department including: processing invoices, travel and other claims; deposits revenues; produces necessary financial reports; legal time reporting; and maintains the department’s automated Accounting Information System.
Contracts Unit provides technical and analytical support in contracts used by the department including but not limited to expert witnesses, outside attorney services, law enforcement training, forensic services, and maintenance or repair of equipment.
Purchasing Unit oversees the order and purchase of goods needed to fulfill the department’s mission including but not limited to law enforcement equipment, undercover vehicles, office equipment, furniture and supplies.
Facilities Planning and Management Unit plans, acquires and manages the facility building and space inventory for the Department. This is accomplished by coordinating with the Bureaus, Sections and Units to deliver the program’s various facility projects and space needs, by acting as the project management team that will liaison with the Department of General Services and other control agencies to deliver projects efficiently and in compliance with all laws, rules, codes and regulations.
Telecommunications Unit provides technical support, system design, installation, and training of telecommunications systems and services owned by the Department. This Unit also provides expertise in state telecommunications policy, new service offerings, and current procedures and policy developments pertaining to the telecommunications industry.
Communications and Imaging Resource Center provides publication and media production services to all the DOJ divisions and units. These services include but are not limited to printing, duplicating, graphic design, photography, video production, and audio recording.
Case Management Section is responsible for the case management and time keeping application, ProLaw. This section provides technical and application support for those who use the system and provide training to new and existing users.
Litigation Support provides support to attorneys and other legal staff in development and presentation of cases and evidence organization.
Legal Support Operations supports the operations of the six law offices of the Attorney General, provides a broad array of administrative, office, clerical and legal secretarial support services, maintains the case docket system, central files, and provides reproduction, mail/overnight courier, and Notary Public services. This section also maintains six full-service law libraries in the legal offices, provides reference and research, compiles legislative histories, conducts and coordinates training for Lexis and Westlaw, arranges for inter-library loans, and orders required publications for the legal divisions.
Office of Professional Development is responsible for offering courses for all employees in the area of technical, computer-based and soft skill training.
Central Services provides mailing and warehouse services to various DOJ facilities in Sacramento and buys and ships supplies statewide. The section also administers and staffs a document archive warehouse that provides on-demand storage.
Office Locations: Sacramento.
Career Opportunities: Attorneys, Paralegals, Managers, Analysts, Crime Prevention Specialists, Clericals, Student Assistants/Interns.
The Executive Programs Division consolidates functions not directly related to the office’s litigation or law enforcement responsibilities. The division consists of seven units as summarized below.
Office of Legislative Affairs develops, analyzes, tracks, and advocates legislative proposals of interest to the Attorney General’s office.
Special Assistant Attorneys General are attorneys outside the divisional structure who serve on the Attorney General’s executive staff, assisting him directly on a variety of legal matters and representing the Attorney General as members or liaisons to several boards and commissions.
Equal Employment Rights & Resolution Office makes policy recommendations to the Attorney General and provides technical assistance and policy direction to the department’s managers in their efforts to comply with equal employment opportunity and civil rights laws.
Opinion Unit prepares and distributes formal written opinions in response to questions of law from the Governor, legislators, state agencies, district attorneys, county counsels, and city prosecutors.
Communications and Special Projects coordinates statewide media coverage to publicize departmental actions, alert Californians to new laws, and inform the public of the Attorney General’s views on important legal and public policy issues.
Public Inquiry Unit receives and responds to more than 250,000 calls and written inquiries received each year from local, state, and federal law enforcement and governmental agencies, Legislature, other state attorneys general, California members of Congress and the general public.
Office of Program Review and Audits reviews Departmental programs and performs the function of legislatively mandated Internal audits. They represent the department in external audits and perform internal strategic planning and consulting.