Attorney General

The Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP


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

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.


  1. Attorney General proposes term extension for Chief Inspector
  2. AGO Business Plan 2018-19
  3. 10th Meeting of Attorneys General places crime cooperation as international priority
  4. Jail for man who violently robbed victim in Norwich home
  5. Paedophile has sentence increased after Unduly Lenient Sentence referral
  6. Meat cleaver wielding Somerset shoplifter ordered into immediate custody
  7. Next Director of the CPS announced
  8. Prolific Northampton burglar has to spend longer in jail
  9. Swaledale prison drug smuggler jailed after ULS referral
  10. Geoffrey Cox QC MP sworn in as Attorney General for England and Wales