Law officers of the Crown

In England and Wales, Northern Ireland and most Commonwealth and colonial governments, the chief law officer of the Crown is the Attorney General for England and Wales.

In England and Wales, the Attorney General is supported by the Solicitor General for England and Wales. Following devolution of justice to the Scottish Parliament a new position of Advocate General for Scotland was created to advise the UK Government on matters of Scots law. So there are three UK Government law officers: the Attorney General for England and Wales, the Solicitor General for England and Wales, and the Advocate General for Scotland. All are subordinate to the Secretary of State for Justice.

There are also two Scottish Government law officers. In Scotland, the chief law officer to the Scottish Government and the Crown in Scotland is the Lord Advocate. The Lord Advocate is supported by the Solicitor General for Scotland.