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Legal Counsel to the Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board

Attorney General Kilmartin’s Office provides legal counsel to the Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board (CRLB). The CRLB regulates the construction industry through registration requirements and conducts administrative hearings for individuals aggrieved by residential contractors. As legal counsel to the Board, the Office enables residential homeowners to avail themselves of the dispute-resolution process at the CRLB in lieu of pursuing a private action in court.

In 2013, 32 contractors were referred to the Attorney General's Office for criminal prosecution. The final orders that these contractors failed to comply with added up to roughly $145,000 in restitution and approximately $475,000 in fines to the Board.

When a contractor fails to pay restitution to a homeowner as ordered by the CRLB, the Office of Attorney General plays an active role in enforcing compliance to ensure that homeowners have some measure of recourse. Through a cooperative partnership between our department’s Civil and Criminal Divisions, unscrupulous contractors can be criminally prosecuted in District Court. This process has a proven record of restoring money owed to homeowners and of keeping bad contractors from repeating their offenses.

Last year, 32 contractors were referred to the Attorney General’s Office for criminal prosecution. The final orders that these contractors failed to comply with added up to roughly $145,000 in restitution and approximately $475,000 in fines to the Board.

Counsel acted as liaison between homeowner-victims and the criminal court’s probation system to ensure receipt of restitution and communication between parties; served as legal counsel during Board meetings, providing the Board with advice and answering questions that arose; handled administrative appeals filed in Superior Court.

Two Administrative Appeal decisions were rendered by the Superior Court in favor of the Contractors’ Board, affirming the final orders of the Board and holding the contractors responsible.

Additionally, legislation was passed to implement the licensing of home inspectors, commercial roofers, well drillers and pump installers instead of the registration requirement. Each of these industries now fall under the purview of the Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board. The Board entered into a contract with PSI Services LLC to provide testing services relevant to the new licenses that will be issued by the Board. Counsel is working in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board to promulgate and update the corresponding rules and regulations for these industries.