attorney general
attorney general n pl attorneys general or attorney generals: the chief law officer of a nation or state who represents the government in litigation and serves as its principal legal advisor

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

attorney general
index prosecutor

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


attorney general
n.
An attorney who serves as the head of the Department of Justice and chief legal adviser to the president and who represents the United States in legal matters; each state also has its own attorney general who performs the same functions at the state level.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


Attorney General
chief law officer of the Crown and leader of the English bar. He represents the public interest in many matters. He regularly represents the government or government departments in litigation. He may also refer matters of law to the Court of Appeal after an acquittal. The same term is used for a senior law officer in many other jurisdictions, notably the USA, where the Attorney General is head of the Department of Justice, and also in the bailiwick of Jersey.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


Attorney General
Head of the United States Department of Justice and chief law officer of the federal government. The Attorney General represents the United States in legal matters, oversees federal prosecutors, and provides legal advice to the president and to heads of executive governmental departments. Each state also has an attorney general, responsible for advising the governor and state agencies and departments about legal issues, and overseeing state prosecuting attorneys.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Attorney General
England, Wales
The Attorney General is one of the Law Officers of the Crown. Her deputy is the Solicitor General. The Attorney General has three main functions:
• She is the guardian of the public interest.
• She and the Solicitor General are:
o the chief legal advisers to the government;
o criminal justice ministers.
The Attorney General and Solicitor General have overall responsibility for the Treasury Solicitor and supervise the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office, the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.
The current Attorney General is the Rt Hon the Baroness Scotland QC.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


Attorney General
n. The chief legal officer of the United States or of a state, who advises the federal or state government on legal matters, represents the federal or state government in litigation, and heads the United States Department of Justice or a state's legal department. Abbreviated A.G.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


attorney general
The chief law enforcement officer of the United States or of a state government, typically serving in an executive branch position. The individual represents the government in litigation and serves as the principal advisor to government officials and agencies in legal matters.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


attorney general
The chief law enforcement officer of the United States or of a state government, typically serving in an executive branch position. The individual represents the government in litigation and serves as the principal advisor to government officials and agencies in legal matters.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

Attorney General
n.
   in each state and the federal government the highest ranking legal officer of the government. The federal Attorney General is chief of the Department of Justice appointed by the President with confirmation required by the Senate, and a member of the Cabinet. He or she is in charge of federal prosecutions (including overseeing the numerous regional U.S. Attorneys), and numerous cases and matters in which the federal government has a legal interest, particularly when the federal government is a party or federal regulations are at issue. The Attorney General also has oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement operations of the Justice Department. Although elected, state Attorneys General have similar functions within their states, although the supervision of local prosecutions is seldom exercised unless there is some gross mismanagement. Different legislatures have assigned varying functions to the state departments of justice, including consumer protection, environmental law, supervision of trusts and non-profit corporations, and other issues in which the state government may have a particular interest in protecting the citizenry.
   See also: Solicitor General

Law dictionary. . 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • attorney general — atˌtorney ˈgeneral noun attorneys general PLURALFORM [countable] LAW the chief lawyer in the legal system of the US and Britain: • The state attorney general alleged that the company forced its dealers to agree to charge minimum prices for… …   Financial and business terms

  • Attorney-general — At*tor ney gen er*al, n.; (pl. Attorney generals or Attorneys general). (Law) The chief law officer of the state, empowered to act in all litigation in which the law executing power is a party, and to advise this supreme executive whenever… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attorney-General — chief law officer of the Crown and leader of the English bar. He represents the public interest in many matters. He regularly represents the government or government departments in litigation. He may also refer matters of law to the Court of… …   Law dictionary

  • attorney general — n. pl. attorneys general or attorney generals 1. the chief law officer and representative in legal matters of a national or state government, and the legal advisor to the chief executive 2. [A G ] the head of the U.S. Department of Justice and… …   English World dictionary

  • Attorney General. — Attorney General. In some jurisdictions, the prosecuting attorney. Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

  • Attorney-General — ► NOUN (pl. Attorneys General) ▪ the principal legal officer of the Crown or a state …   English terms dictionary

  • Attorney général — ● Attorney général ministre, chef du barreau anglais, qui représente la Couronne auprès des cours supérieures et criminelles ; aux États Unis, ministre qui représente l Administration auprès de la Cour suprême et des autres cours supérieures, ou… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Attorney general — In most common law jurisdictions, the attorney general, or attorney general, is the main legal advisor to the government, and in some jurisdictions he or she may also have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public… …   Wikipedia

  • Attorney General — In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General, or Attorney General, is the main legal advisor to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public… …   Wikipedia

  • attorney general — pl. attorneys general, attorney generals. 1. the chief law officer of a country or state and head of its legal department. 2. (caps.) the head of the U.S. Department of Justice: a member of the president s cabinet. [1575 85] * * * Chief law… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”