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 MP was appointed Attorney General on 15 July 2014. He is the Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam.

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 MP

    • 2010 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. Counter terrorism and cybercrime plan agreed by Attorneys General

    • 14 July 2014
    • Press release
  2. Five countries unite over cybercrime

    • 10 July 2014
    • Press release
  3. Attorney General appoints new Junior Treasury Counsel (crime)

    • 23 June 2014
    • Press release
  4. Two jurisdictions: a shared inheritance

    • 10 June 2014
    • Speech
  5. Statement on ICC preliminary examination into Iraq allegations

    • 13 May 2014
    • Government response
  6. Ukraine Forum on Asset Recovery, closing remarks

    • 1 May 2014
    • Speech
  7. LawWorks and Attorney General’s Pro Bono Student Awards

    • 7 April 2014
    • News story
  8. Inquest request into the 1995 death of Private Cheryl James at Deepcut barracks

    • 25 March 2014
    • Press release
  9. Attorney General issues advisory note before Hillsborough inquests start

    • 10 March 2014
    • News story
  10. Whole life orders: Ian McLoughlin

    • 18 February 2014
    • Press release