Ministerial role

Attorney General

Responsibilities

The Attorney General is chief legal adviser to the Crown and has a number of independent public interest functions, as well as overseeing the Law Officers’ departments. These are:

  • the Crown Prosecution Service
  • the Serious Fraud Office
  • Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate
  • the Government Legal Department

Other responsibilities include:

  • acting as principal legal adviser on questions of EU and international law, human rights and devolution issues
  • referring unduly lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal
  • bringing proceedings for contempt of court
  • intervening in certain proceedings to protect charities
  • dealing with questions of law arising on government Bills
  • legal aspects of all major international and domestic litigation involving the government

The Attorney General also holds the separate office of Advocate General for Northern Ireland. The Advocate General for Scotland has specific responsibility for Scottish law matters.

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP

Geoffrey Cox MP was appointed as Attorney General on 9 July 2018.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP

    • 2014 to 2018
  2. The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC

    • 2010 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. New Attorney General appointed

    • Press release
  2. Media advisory notice - Hillsborough proceedings

    • Press release
  3. No independent inquiry into the prosecution of Eleanor De Freitas

    • News story
  4. New head of the Serious Fraud Office announced

    • Press release
  5. Cyber and International Law in the 21st Century

    • Speech
  6. Attorney General applies for £400 million to be released from legal limbo to help pay down the National Debt

    • Press release
  7. Huddersfield gang member has sentence increased as unduly lenient

    • Press release
  8. Paedophile has sentence increased for being unduly lenient

    • Press release
  9. Devolved Brexit legislation referred to the Supreme Court

    • Press release
  10. Interim Director for Serious Fraud Office announced

    • Press release