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Solicitor General

A Solicitor General or Solicitor-General, in common law countries, is usually a legal officer who is the chief representative of a regional or national government in courtroom proceedings. In systems that have an Attorney General (or equivalent position), the Solicitor General is often the second-ranked law officer of the state and a deputy of the Attorney General. The extent to which a Solicitor General actually provides legal advice to or represents the government in court varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and sometimes between individual office holders in the same jurisdiction.

Solicitors General include the following:

See also

  • Attorney general, 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 prosecutions
  • Justice of the Peace, sometimes used with the same meaning
  • Law Officers of the Crown, the chief legal advisers to the Crown, and advise and represent the various governments in the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth Realms
  • Solicitor, a lawyer who traditionally deals with any legal matter including conducting proceedings in court
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