15 Facts About Attorneys general


In some jurisdictions, attorneys general have executive responsibility for law enforcement, prosecutions or even responsibility for legal affairs generally.

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In practice, the extent to which the attorney Attorneys general personally provides legal advice to the government varies between jurisdictions, and even between individual office-holders within the same jurisdiction, often depending on the level and nature of the office-holder's prior legal experience.

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Where the attorney general has ministerial responsibility for legal affairs in general, the ministerial portfolio is largely equivalent to that of a Minister of Justice in some other countries.

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The modern title of major Attorneys general is a military rank in which the word "Attorneys general" is not used as an adjective but as a noun, which can be pluralized.

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Attorneys general are not military officers, have no rank, and therefor should not be referred to as “general”.

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In normal circumstances, the prosecutorial powers of the attorney-Attorneys general are exercised by the Director of Public Prosecutions and staff; however, the attorney-Attorneys general maintains formal control, including the power to initiate and terminate public prosecutions and take over private prosecutions.

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In Fiji, the role of the attorney Attorneys general is defined as "providing essential legal expertise and support to the Government".

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Attorneys general's duties include the formulation of legal policy and ensuring proper administration of Kenya's legal system including professional legal education.

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In Kiribati, the attorney Attorneys general is defined by section 42 of the Constitution as "the principal legal adviser to the Government".

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Attorneys general is the principal public prosecutor in the country, and is known as the Public Prosecutor.

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Attorneys general has the power, exercisable at his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence, other than proceedings before a Syariah court, a native court or a court-martial.

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In Nepal, the attorney Attorneys general is the chief legal adviser of the Government of Nepal as well as its chief public prosecutor.

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In New Zealand, the attorney-Attorneys general is the chief law officer and primary legal advisor of the New Zealand government.

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The majority of state attorneys general are chosen by popular election, as opposed to the US Attorney General, who is a presidential appointee confirmed by the Senate.

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Second type of attorney-Attorneys general is an independent advisor to the Supreme Court.

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