Office of the City Attorney

In general, the City Attorney’s Office acts as the legal advisor to the City of Carbondale in matters involving general municipal operations and administrative matters. The department staff includes two full time staff attorneys, and one full time Legal Assistant. Specifically, the City Attorney’s Office advises City Staff on legal issues, represents the City in legal proceedings, reviews and prepares legal documents, prepares revisions and updates to the Carbondale Revised Code, and prosecutes ordinance violations under the Carbondale Revised Code.

Pay-By-Mail Program/Community Service:

If a person commits a City ordinance violation and is a first-time offender, then there are alternative resolutions to appearing in City court. Specifically, there are two options for resolving a City ordinance violation outside of court: 1) Pay by Mail Program (pay a set administrative fee in lieu of appearing in court); and 2) Community Service Program (perform a certain number of community service work hours at a specified/approved work site and pay only a portion of the set fine as an administrative fee). (Instruction for both programs:Pay-By-Mail Instructions in pdf format)The City Attorney’s Office manages and supervises both programs. If a violator of a City ordinance is interested in resolving the matter outside of City court, then said violator should contact the City Attorney’s Office within 10 days of arrest in order to determine if he/she is eligible to sign up for either program. Anyone interested in learning more about the Pay-By-Mail Program or the Community Service Program should contact the City Attorney’s Office.

Collection of Debts:

The City Attorney’s Office takes legal action against persons who fail or refuse to pay any outstanding debt to the City of Carbondale for any city service received, including, but not limited to: unpaid bills relating to services provided for water, sewer, refuse, weed mowing and dishonored checks. Anyone who has been served with a small claims complaint for an outstanding debt should contact either the Finance Department directly or the City Attorney’s Office, either directly or through legal representation.

Ordinance Violations / Traffic Citations

All City of Carbondale Ordinance Violations and Traffic Citations are prosecuted through the First Judicial Circuit Court in Murphysboro, Illinois. All first appearances, pay or appear court dates, bench trials or jury trials will occur at the Jackson County Courthouse. All court fines are to be mailed to or paid in person to the Jackson County Circuit Clerk, Jackson County Courthouse, Murphysboro, Illinois, which may be contacted at 618-687-7300.

Any eligible persons who wish to utilize the City of Carbondale's Pay-By-Mail administrative remedy for select ordinance violations must either make their payment in person at the Carbondale Police Department at 501 S. Washington Street or mail in their payment (no personal checks are accepted) to the same address. If you have questions regarding this program, please contact the Carbondale Police Department at the non-emergency phone number 618-457-3200 and ask for the Records Department.

Any eligible persons intending to utilize the Community Service administrative remedy for select ordinance violations must appear at the Carbondale City Attorney's Office at 200 South Illinois Avenue to complete a Community Service application and packet and pay their administrative fee. Questions concerning this program should be directed to the City Attorney's office at 618-457-3215.

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