Attorney General

The Attorney General is one of the Law Officers of the Crown ( www.practicallaw.com/9-383-9181) . His or her deputy is the Solicitor General. The Attorney General has three main functions:

  • They are the guardian of the public interest.

  • They are the chief legal adviser to the government.

  • They superintend the principal prosecuting authorities in England and Wales (the Crown Prosecution Service, which incorporates the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, and the Serious Fraud Office).

The Attorney General also has overall responsibility for the Treasury Solicitor's Department, the National Fraud Authority and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. He or she holds the office of Advocate General for Northern Ireland.

The current Attorney General is Jeremy Wright MP.

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