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attorney general

1. a country's chief law officer and senior legal adviser to its government
2. (in the US) the chief law officer and legal adviser of a state government
3. (in some states of the US) a public prosecutor

Attorney General


in Britain, the USA, and several other countries, one of the highest officers of justice. In Britain the attorney general is a member of the cabinet, is the principal legal adviser to the government who conducts court cases and other legal proceedings affecting the interests of the state, and supports the prosecution in court in cases which have a particular political importance. In the USA the attorney general is the head (minister) of the Department of Justice and the principal legal adviser to the federal government. Some states also have the office of attorney general.

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Speaking on the occasion the Counsel General of Japan said that Japanese government was extending support to Balochistan government in the field of education and other social sectors.
The Counsel General repeated his call for representation in the membership of the Judicial Appointments Commission to be maintained.
The Counsel General said: "One of the most prominent themes in the responses to the consultation was the belief that a separate legal jurisdiction in Wales without a distinct court system would be like, to quote one respondent: 'a cart without a horse'.
Lord Elis-Thomas said Mr Roddick - the first Counsel General of the National Assembly - hadn't shown a "clear understanding" of constitutional issues when he occupied the role in the early days of the Assembly, which coincided with his tenure as Presiding Officer, and was "not fit" for the position.
The Assembly this week had agreed to endorse the First Minister's John recommendation to the Queen for the Counsel General.
Exchange of trade delegations will take place between the two countries so that people to people contact are established", US Counsel General said this while responding to queries from different office bearers of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FPCCI) during a meeting held here Friday.
Ms Williams is supporting the independent candidate, a former police constable, barrister, judge and Counsel General of the National Assembly, ahead of the November 15 poll.
The removal of permanent Welsh representation from the Independent Judicial Appointments Commission could lead to an even more England-centric judiciary, the Counsel General for Wales Theodore Huckle QC has warned.
BIRMINGHAM -- Pakistan's Counsel General in Birmingham Shair Bahader Khan has said that strong friendly relations exist between Pakistan and Britain and both the countries will continue to cooperate with each other in all spheres of life.
THE Welsh Government's Counsel General yesterday condemned a UK Government decision to charge a fee of up to pounds 1,200 for taking claims to an employment tribunal.
WHY has Counsel General Theodore Huckle QC at the Welsh Assembly been awarded a silver badge to honour his position?
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