Attorney General

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Attorney General of the
Social Liberal Union
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since –
Executive Branch of the SLU Government
Ministry of Domestic Affairs
Department of Justice
AppointerMinister of Domestic Affairs
Term lengthNo fixed term;
at the pleasure of the Minister
Constituting instrumentSLU Constitution (May 2017–)
Formation20 May 2017
(4 years ago)

The Attorney General is the officer generally charged with prosecuting criminal cases on the behalf of the Social Liberal Union, as well as providing legal representation for the government. The Attorney General may also provide general legal counsel to the Cabinet and executive officers individually. Their office and duties are outlined primarily in the Third Constitution of the Social Liberal Union and the Civil Service Act, the latter of which creates a Department of Justice for the Attorney General to lead and through which they oversee the deputy attorneys general and investigators of the Social Liberal Union. The Attorney General is appointed by the Minister of Domestic Affairs (with the consent of the World Assembly Delegate), who technically delegates their prosecutorial and legal authorities to them, pursuant to Article 6, Section 12 of the Constitution, in appointing them. However, their tenure is at the pleasure of the Minister of Domestic Affairs and all of the Attorney's General's appointments themselves are subject to the approval of the elected Minister of Domestic Affairs, providing legitimacy and accountability.

Although the Constitution does not stipulate that the office of Attorney General be filled at all, it has traditionally been kept filled throughout its modern existence, even if as an sinecure appointment. The office itself is a successor to the office of Public Prosecutor that existed from 2012 to 2017 under the Second Constitution, which was also appointed by the same Minister and with similar duties. The office was essentially renamed to Attorney General, with the adoption of the Third Constitution in May 2017, in light of the fact that the office now handled more than just criminal matters.

As the senior legal officer of the government and as a generally more independent voice outside the Cabinet, the Constitution and the laws enacted by the Open Parliament have assigned certain special duties and privileges to the office including:

  • Article 3, Section 10 of the Constitution provides that the Speaker of the Union may require the opinion of the Attorney General or request a timely advisory opinion from the Court of Justice on any constitutional questions of law necessary to furnish a required summary on a proposed constitutional amendment
  • The Voting Reform and Fair Political Practices Act allows the Speaker of the Union (or a designated alternate) to remove a bill at vote or a prevent a bill from being voted on, only to enforce the requirements of the Constitution and other applicable law, only after obtaining the counsel of either the Attorney General or the Chancellor (presumably via an advisory opinion), in the absence of an Attorney General; in addition, the Act establishes an automatic presumption of legal standing for the Attorney General (among others) to sue over constitutional requirements concerning legislative bills
  • A prosecution for violating the Voting Reform and Fair Political Practices Act's restrictions on political communications can only be initiated by the Attorney General and no other prosecutorial authority; the Act also provides them an explicit civil right to injunctive relief for enforcing such restrictions