The Attorney General is chief legal adviser to the Crown and has a number of independent public interest functions, as well as overseeing the Law Officers’ departments.
Responsibilities (Ministerial role) include:
Overall responsibility for the work of the Attorney General’s Office and superintended Departments (the Government Legal Department, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Serious Fraud Office and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate)
Specific statutory duty to superintend the discharge of duties by the Director of Public Prosecutions (who heads the Crown Prosecution Service) and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office
Non-statutory general oversight of the Services Prosecuting Authority and government prosecuting departments
Government’s principal legal adviser dealing with (amongst others) questions of international law, human rights, devolution and COVID-19 issues
Public interest functions, for example, reference of unduly lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal, bringing proceedings for contempt of court and intervention in certain proceedings to protect charities
Questions of law arising on Bills and with issues of legal policy
Legal aspects of all major international and domestic litigation involving the Government, (including matters related to future relations with the EU)
The Attorney General also holds the separate office of Advocate General for Northern Ireland. The Advocate General for Scotland has specific responsibility for Scottish law matters.
SOURCE: UK GOVT