About the Government Bureau

The Government Bureau represents the Commonwealth, its agencies, and officials in many types of civil litigation, as well as defending Commonwealth employees from civil claims made against them resulting from the performance of their duties. The Bureau develops and maintains close working relationships with the agencies it represents, often providing them guidance and advice where advance legal consultation may prevent unnecessary litigation and costly lawsuits. The Government Bureau initiates affirmative litigation in the public interest, on behalf of the Commonwealth and its residents. The Bureau also enforces the state’s Open Meeting Law through its Division of Open Government, and reviews and approves town bylaws through its Municipal Law Unit.  

The Bureau has three divisions and one unit: