Attorney General

Attorney General

Introduction to Attorney General

Attorney General, in the United States and the United Kingdom, the chief law officer of the government. The duties of the attorney general are to advise and represent the government in important legal matters and to initiate and supervise legal proceedings that affect the welfare of the nation. (1)

Definition of Attorney:

1. A term for a lawyer more often used in the United States.
2. A person who has been appointed under a power of attorney by a capable grantor to act on their behalf. An Attorney can be for either property issues, or personal care issues, or both.

Attorney General in the world

In Canada, an Attorney General is the principal law officer of “the Crown”; the Minister of the provincial or federal government responsible for the administration of justice.

Attorney General for England and Wales

Her Majesty’s Attorney General for England and Wales, usually known as the Attorney General, is the chief legal adviser of the Crown in England and Wales. He represents the Queen and the Government in court, and has supervisory powers over prosecutions, which are the responsibility of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Prosecution Service. The Attorney General also represents the Crown in many judicial proceedings relating to the public interest, e.g. the administration of charities and income tax. He is assisted by the Solicitor General: both offices are filled by political appointees who must belong to either house of Parliament. The Attorney General is not usually a member of the Cabinet, but is called to advise it when necessary.

Attorney General of Canada

The Attorney General of Canada (French: Procureur général du Canada) is the top prosecuting officer in Canada. The role is part of the cabinet post of the Minister of Justice.

Attorney General of Ontario

The Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario is responsible for providing a fair and accessible justice system which reflects the needs of the diverse communities it serves across government and the province. It strives to manage the justice system in an equitable, affordable and accessible way throughout the province.

Attorney General of Hawaii

The Attorney General of Hawaii is the chief legal and law enforcement officer of the State of Hawaii. He or she is appointed by the governor and is responsible for advising the various agencies and departments of the executive branch, legislative branch and judicial branch of the state government. He or she is also responsible for the prosecution of offenses to Hawaii Revised Statutes and advocate the basic rights of Hawaii residents. Historically, the Attorney General of Hawaii has been from either the Hawaii Democratic Party or Hawaii Republican Party.

Attorney General of Ireland

The Attorney General (Irish: An Ard-Aighne) is a constitutional officer who is the official adviser to the Irish Government in matters of law. He is in effect the chief law officer in the Republic of Ireland. The Attorney General is not a member of the Government but does participate in cabinet meetings when invited and attends government meetings.

United States

Some examples:

Attorney General of the United States: See US Attorney General.

Attorney General of Maryland

The Attorney General of Maryland, is the chief legal officer of the State and is elected by the people every four years with no term limits. To run for the office a person must be a citizen of and qualified voter in Maryland and must have resided and practiced law in the state for at least ten years.

Attorney General of Virginia

The Attorney General of Virginia is an executive office in the Government of Virginia. The position is considered the third highest of the three state government offices elected statewide. Judy Jagdmann currently holds the position after the resignation of Jerry Kilgore, who stepped down to focus on his campaign for governor. The next election for the position is November 2005. Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell are running for the position.

Attorney General v. X

Attorney General v. X or the X Case was a 1992 Irish Supreme Court case which established the right of Irish women to an abortion if their life was at risk because of pregnancy.


Concept of Attorney General

Note: explore also the meaning of this legal term in the American Ecyclopedia of Law.

Description of Attorney General

Attorney General

Attorney General


See Also

  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Local Government Law


See Also

  • Solicitor General


See Also

  • Equal Access to Justice Act


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  • Attorney General
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    Attorney General in Constitutional Law

    From the Comparative Constitutions Project: In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions.