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Definition - What does Attorney General mean?

Each state has an attorney general who is the main legal advisor or chief law officer in the state. The attorney general may provide opinions and legal advice, to not only the state's governor, but also different administrative agencies and departments. In some districts the state's attorney general may also be responsible for monitoring or participating in public prosecutions and will represent the state's interest.

The attorney general also provides legal counsel to agencies, issues legal opinions, participates in state committees and defends other challenges to state laws. The attorney general's office may not provide legal advice for specific legal questions, but they frequently help citizens who have questions about legal issues to locate the appropriate resources.

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