Attorney General's Office (United Kingdom)
The Attorney General's Office (AGO) is a United Kingdom government department that supports the Attorney General and his deputy, the Solicitor General (the Law Officers). It is sometimes referred to as the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers.
|Jurisdiction||United Kingdom, mainly England and Wales|
|Headquarters||20 Victoria Street, London, England|
|Annual budget||£600 million & no capital expenditure for Law Officers' Departments in 2017/18|
The 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 Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Government Legal Department. The Treasury Solicitor acts as Accounting Officer for the AGO.
The AGO provides legal advice and support to the Law Officers who themselves provide legal advice to the government, and works with the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office to develop criminal justice policy.
|The Rt Hon. Geoffrey Cox QC MP||Attorney General
Advocate General for Northern Ireland
|Chief legal adviser to the Crown, overseer of the Legal Officers' departments, refers unduly lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal|
|Michael Ellis QC MP||Solicitor General||Deputising for the Attorney General and being responsible for such matters as the Attorney General delegates; providing support to the Attorney General in his superintendence of the Government Legal Department, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Service Prosecuting Authority, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and the Serious Fraud Office; providing support to the Attorney General on civil litigation and advice on civil law matters and on the public interest function.|