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Attorney General's Office (United Kingdom)


Attorney General's Office (United Kingdom)

Attorney General's Office
Welsh: Swyddfa'r Twrnai Cyffredinol
Department overview
Jurisdiction United Kingdom, mainly England and Wales
Headquarters London, England
Annual budget £600 million (current) & no capital expenditure for Law Officers' Departments in 2011-12 [1]
Minister responsible Dominic Grieve, Attorney General for England and Wales
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The Attorney General's Office (AGO) is a United Kingdom government department that supports the Attorney General and his deputy the Solicitor General.

It continues to be known informally as the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers.

The former Attorney-General is The Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve, QC MP and, as part of the 14 July 2014 Cabinet reshuffle, was replaced by current office-holder Jeremy Wright. The Solicitor General is Oliver Heald MP


  • Organisation 1
  • Ministers 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The Attorney General's Office (AGO) is one of the smallest UK government departments, with around 40 staff. It is one of "the Law Officers’ Departments" along with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI), the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSD). The Treasury Solicitor acts as Accounting Officer for the AGO.

The AGO provides legal and strategic policy advice and support to the Law Officers; it co-ordinates across the Law Officers’ Departments; and it leads work on cross-cutting aspects of the UK criminal justice system along with the CPS, the RCPO and the SFO.[2]


The Law Officers in England and Wales are as follows: [3]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP Attorney General
Advocate General for Northern Ireland
Chief legal adviser to the Crown, superintendence of prosecuting departments, guardian of the public interest
Oliver Heald QC MP Solicitor General Deputising and providing support for the Attorney General
Key Conservative
Liberal Democrat

The prosecuting departments are:


  1. ^ Budget 2011. London: HM Treasury. 2011. p. 48. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ The Attorney General's One Year Review 2009
  3. ^ Cabinet Office List of Government Departments and Ministers: Attorney General's Office

External links

  • Official website
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