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

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 Jeremy Wright QC MP

Jeremy Wright QC was appointed Attorney General on 15 July 2014. He was elected the Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam in 2010.

Education

Jeremy studied at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the bar in 1996, specialising in criminal law (both prosecution and defence).

Career

He served as a member of the Justice Committee and founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia in 2007. He was made an Opposition Whip in 2007 and became a Government Whip in 2010. He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice in 2012.

Personal life

Jeremy is married with a daughter and a son.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC

    • 2010 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. London woman has manslaughter sentence increased

    • News story
  2. Increased number of prosecutors to take on ULS work

    • News story
  3. Media Advisory: Contempt of Court Act

    • News story
  4. Law Officer Departments’ settlement at the Spending Review 2015

    • Press release
  5. New First Senior Treasury Counsel announced

    • News story
  6. Attorney General's speech at the opening of National Pro Bono Week

    • Speech
  7. Attorney General presents the Government’s case on whole life prison tariffs

    • News story
  8. The Importance of International Law for Government Lawyers

    • Speech
  9. New inquests to be held into the deaths of a civilian and 8 IRA men

    • Press release
  10. Immunity guaranteed for whistleblowers in child sex abuse inquiry

    • News story