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The Role of the State Attorney General [POLICYbrief]

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The Role of the Attorney General

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr whips out the bagpipes

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Attorney General William Barr Busts Out Bagpipes Alongside NYPD, Wows Crowd | NBC New York

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Creating the Legal Function Success Story

In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General or Attorney-General is the main legal advisor to the government, and in some jurisdictions, they may also have executive responsibility for law enforcement, prosecutions or even responsibility for legal affairs generally. In practice, the extent to which the Attorney-General personally provides legal advice to the government varies between jurisdictions, and even between individual office-holders within the same jurisdiction, often depending on the level and nature of the office-holder's prior legal experience.
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