Ministerial role

Attorney General


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


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  1. Attorney General appoints new Senior Treasury Counsel

    • Press release
  2. Sentence increased for ammonia attack

    • Press release
  3. Child sex offender has sentence increased

    • Press release
  4. Contempt of court proceedings to be brought against Stephen Yaxley-Lennon

    • Press release
  5. Is social media harming our criminal justice system?

    • Press release
  6. Family of Ella Kissi-Debrah can apply for fresh inquest

    • Press release
  7. Family of Elsie Frost can apply for fresh inquest

    • Press release
  8. Attorney General appoints new Treasury Counsel

    • News story
  9. Creating a ‘zero tolerance’ culture for disclosure failings across the criminal justice system

    • Press release
  10. Max Hill QC joins the CPS as Director of Public Prosecutions

    • News story