Solicitor General

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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, the Solicitor General is often the second-ranked officer of the department responsible for law enforcement. In the United States, in particular, the Solicitor General is usually the top appellate advocate for a U.S. State (sometimes referred to as State Solicitor, or Appellate Chief, depending upon the particular state). In many states, the Solicitor General also formulates a State's legal position in significant out-of-state cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Solicitors General include the following:

See also[edit]

  • 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