The Attorney General is appointed by the President of Brazil and confirmed by the Senate. Under the 1988 constitution, the Attorney General must be at least 35 years old. All Attorneys General within the Office must be bar members in Brazil. The Solicitor General of the Union is a member of the Brazilian cabinet, holds the rank of Minister, and is nominated by the President of the Republic and confirmed by the Senate.
They prosecutorial duties of the office of the Attorney General were split off to a new Prosecutor General under Article 4 of Law No. 73 of February 10, 1993. The office of Prosecutor General is an autonomous agency in charge of criminal prosecution and the defense of society in general, versus the office of the Attorney General, which represents the federal government in legal proceedings.