Most common law jurisdictions, the attorney general (sometimes abbreviated as AG) or attorney-general (pluralized as attorneys general or attorneys-general, as "general" is a postpositive adjective) is the main legal advisor to the government, and in some jurisdictions they may also have executive responsibility for law enforcement, prosecutions or even responsibility for legal affairs generally. In practice, the extent to which the attorney-general personally provides legal advice to the government varies between jurisdictions, and even between individual office-holders within the same jurisdiction, often depending on the level and nature of the office-holder's prior legal experience.
The term was originally used to refer to any person who holds a general power of attorney to represent a principal in all matters. In the common law tradition, anyone who represents the state, especially in criminal prosecutions, is such an attorney. Although a government may designate some official as the permanent attorney general, anyone who comes to represent the state in the same way may, in the past, be referred to as such, even if only for a particular case. Today, however, in most jurisdictions the term is largely reserved as a title of the permanently appointed attorney general of the state, sovereign or other member of the royal family.
Civil law jurisdictions have similar offices, who may be variously called "procurators", "advocates general", "public attorneys", and other titles. Many of these offices also use "attorney general" or "attorney-general" as the English translation of the title, although because of different historical provenance the nature of such offices is usually different from that of attorneys-general in common law jurisdictions.

View More On
  1. DB is Here

    Other State  New Mexico Attorney General Tells Sheriffs to Enforce New Gun Laws
  2. Joe Link

    Oregon  Oregon Attorney General testifies in support of stronger gun laws

    Oregon Attorney General testifies in support of stronger gun laws
  3. JustSomeGuy

    Washington  Some Say Attorney General Broke Law in Endorsing I-1639

    Some say attorney general broke law in endorsing I-1639
  4. trikerdon

    Oregon Attorney General Issues Ballot Title for Assault Weapons Ban

    <broken link removed>
  5. T

    Oregon Attorney General sends another anti-gun letter

    This time, about national reciprocity. What really stood out to me was this one statement; “will lead to the death of police officers and civilians, the proliferation of gun traffickers, and acts of terrorism and other mass violence.” So where is the information to support the insinuation...
Back Top