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attorney general noun


the chief legal officer of a state or country
The Office of the Indiana Attorney General helps protect the rights, freedoms and safety you enjoy as a citizen of Indiana.

Hi, this is Peter and welcome to TransLegal's Lesson of the Week. Today I'm going to be talking about Attorney General. Attorney General is a term that's used both in the United Kingdom and the United States but there are some slight differences between what the office does in both countries. In the United Kingdom the Attorney General is one of the law officers, in other words, he is a Member of Parliament who prosecutes for the Crown in certain cases, advises the governmental departments on legal problems and decides whether major criminal offences should be tried. In the United Kingdom, as in the United States, the Attorney General is politically appointed and changes when the Government changes. In the United States an Attorney General has essentially the same functions as in the United Kingdom but there is only one United States or Federal Attorney General. Each state has its own Attorney General. The United States Attorney General is appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate. State Attorneys General can be either appointed by the Governor or be elected by the people of the state, depending on that state's electoral system. As you can see from the two terms written on the Board, the singular form is Attorney General and the plural is Attorneys General so you put the plural or the "s" on the first term, Attorney. That's it for today. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment section below and myself or one of my colleagues will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks.

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