United States Department of Justice Civil Division Law & Legal Definition


The United States Department of Justice Civil Division is an agency working under the U.S. Department of justice that represents the U.S., its departments and agencies, members of Congress, cabinet officers and other federal employees in any civil or criminal matter within its scope of responsibility. Its litigation reflects the diversity of government activities. For instance, the defense of challenges to Presidential actions, national security issues, benefit programs, energy policies, and commercial issues such as contract disputes, banking insurance, patents, fraud, and debt collection. The Office of the Associate Attorney General oversees the Civil Division of the United States Department of justice.