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If someone dies without a will or known family, their ownerless property (bona vacantia) goes to the crown - check if you're an entitled relative, search for an estate, refer or claim on an estate
When someone dies with no will or known family, their property passes to…
The Government Legal Department handles bona vacantia in England and Wales…
You need to know if you’re entitled before making a claim on an estate.…
If you think you’re entitled to an estate in England and Wales (but not…
If you know someone who has died with no will or known blood relatives,…
You can apply for a grant from a deceased person’s estate if you could…
The home of Attorney General's Office on GOV.UK. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) provides legal advice and support to the Attorney General and the Solicitor General (the Law Officers) who give legal advice to govern…
What being in 'contempt of court' means, who can be in contempt of court, what the consequences are, how to report it, how to avoid it on social media (such as Twitter and Facebook).
How to complain to the Attorney General's Office if you think someone's sentence is too low - and what happens if the Court of Appeal get involved
The Attorney General’s revised Guidelines on Disclosure will be effective from 25 July 2022.
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. Responsibilities include: Overall responsibility for th…
Recruitment process, rates of pay, overview of the panel, lists of members and guidance for barristers who work ‘off panel’.
This guidance is for lawyers advising on lawfulness and legal risk in Government. It explains the common framework to assess risk across the Government Legal Profession.
Stephen Parkinson will be the new Director of Public Prosecutions and head of the Crown Prosecution Service the Attorney General has announced today.
Appeal Court increases the 10 year rape sentence of John Dennis to 20 years after ruling the original sentence unduly lenient.
Fees, expenses, contractual terms and administrative procedures for panel counsel, clerks and their chambers.
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The Attorney General delivered a key note speech to the Institute of Government on the Rule of Law and effective government
Guidelines on the acceptance of pleas and the prosecutor's role in the sentencing exercise (revised 2009).
Mohammed Ghani has had his sentence increased following a hearing at the Court of Appeal.
Recent sentences examined by the Attorney General’s Office under the Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme
The heir to a family funfair business who ran over his colleague has his prison term extended after his sentence was referred to the Court of Appeal.
A paedophile who sexually assaulted 2 children under the age of 13 will serve a longer prison sentence.
Publication of the government's response to its Call for Evidence on the impact of social media on the administration of justice.
Yaxley-Lennon was sentenced today after being found to be in contempt of court by the High Court on July 5.
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