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