1. Is the City Attorney’s office "my lawyer" because I am a resident of the City of Miami Beach?

No. The City Attorney’s office is unable and does not represent members of the community in any legal matter. Attorneys in the office represent the Mayor, City Commissioners, City Manager, City Agencies and Committees. Private legal matters must be handled by your private attorneys.

If you need help locating an attorney, the following organizations may assist you with a referral.

Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service: 1-800-342-8011

Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.: 305-232-9680

Legal Aid Society of Miami-Dade County: (305) 579-5733.

  1. I received a subpoena to appear in court. What should I do?

Attend the matter for which you are being summoned. If you do not attend you would be in violation of an order from the court. A warrant for you arrest could be issued if you fail to appear. Sometimes subpoenas indicate for you to be “on call” for trial. If that is the case contact the number that appears on the subpoena to coordinate with the party that issued it and if you are called to attend a trial make arrangements to be there.

  1. I received a subpoena to appear at a deposition. What should I do?

You must attend. If you do not attend a deposition you are violating a court order.

  1. Are criminal complaints filed with the City Attorney's Office?

No. If you see a crime you should report it to the Miami Beach Police Department. Tel: 305- 673-7900

  1. Can I file a code violation complaint against my neighbor with the City Attorney's Office?

No. Code violation complaints are handled by the Code Compliance Division. During normal business hours please call 305-673-7555. During the weekend and evening hours, the Code Compliance staff can be reached by calling the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 305-673-7900.

  1. What is the Sunshine Law?

Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law, section 286.011, Florida Statutes requires that any discussion between two or more members of the same city board or committee, on a matter that will foreseeably be heard before that board or committee, be held at a public meeting. The Sunshine Law thus ensures public access to the process of decision- making by a governmental body.