Attorney General's Office (United Kingdom)
|Jurisdiction||United Kingdom, mainly England and Wales|
|Headquarters||20 Victoria Street, London, England|
|Annual budget||£600 million (current) & no capital expenditure for Law Officers' Departments in 2011-12 |
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It continues to be known informally as the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers.
The Attorney General's Office (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 Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Government Legal Department. The Treasury Solicitor acts as Accounting Officer for the AGO.
The AGO provides legal and strategic policy advice and support to the Law Officers; it co-ordinates across the Law Officers’ Departments; and it leads work on cross-cutting aspects of the UK criminal justice system along with the CPS, the RCPO and the SFO.
|The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC PC MP||Attorney General
Advocate General for Northern Ireland
|Chief legal adviser to the Crown, superintendence of prosecuting departments, guardian of the public interest|
|Robert Buckland QC MP||Solicitor General||Deputising and providing support for the Attorney General|
The prosecuting departments are:
- the Government Legal Department;
- the Crown Prosecution Service;
- the Serious Fraud Office;
- the Service Prosecuting Authority; and
- HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate