Advocate General for Northern Ireland
The Advocate General for Northern Ireland is the chief legal adviser to the British Government on Northern Ireland law and the post is held by the Attorney General for England and Wales by virtue of that office. The Advocate General and the Solicitor General for England and Wales have, in Northern Ireland, the same rights of audience as members of the Bar of Northern Ireland.
Unlike the Advocate General for Scotland, the position is not supported by a distinct government department. Instead, that support is provided by the civil law and Northern Ireland section within the Attorney General's Office at Westminster.
List of Advocates GeneralEdit
|Name||Portrait||Term of office||Political party||Prime Minister|
|The Baroness Scotland of Asthal||12 April 2010||11 May 2010||Labour||Gordon Brown|
|Dominic Grieve||12 May 2010||15 July 2014||Conservative||Cameron|
|Jeremy Wright||15 July 2014||9 July 2018|
|Geoffrey Cox||9 July 2018||Incumbent|
- section 27, Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c.26)
- Attorney General's Office: Statement on Northern Ireland devolution, 12 April 2010 Archived July 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- Attorney General's Office: Structure
- OFMDFM: Appointment of Attorney General announced, 24 May 2010 Archived 24 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine