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Responsibilities

The Office of the Attorney General is the Commonwealth's law firm. Its clients are the Virginia state government and the state agencies, boards and commissions that compose that government. 

The Office of the Attorney General includes a chief deputy attorney general, four deputy attorneys general and about 425 employees that include assistant attorneys general, additional lawyers appointed as special counsel to particular agencies, legal assistants, legal secretaries and other professional support staff. The Office of the Attorney General is structured very much like a private law firm, with sections devoted to legal specialties.

One thing the Attorney General and the other attorneys on our staff cannot do is give legal advice to private citizens. If you have a private dispute, this Office cannot intervene. To find more information regarding finding an attorney for a private legal matter, please click here.

The duties and powers include:

Complete list of duties ascribed in the Code of Virginia (includes code sections)