Law Officers Act 1997

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Law Officers Act 1997
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to enable functions of the Attorney General and of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland to be exercised by the Solicitor General; and for connected purposes.
Citationc. 60
Territorial extent
Dates
Royal assent31 July 1997
Commencement31 July 1997
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Law Officers Act 1997 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.

The Law Officers Act 1997 is an Act of Parliament which allowed the Attorney General for England and Wales and for Northern Ireland to delegate powers to the Solicitor General for England and Wales. Previously, the Solicitor General was separately and explicitly granted some of the same powers of the Attorney General. This Act effectively made the Solicitor General an agent of the Attorney General.[1]

Overview[edit]

Section 1[edit]

This section allows the Solicitor General to do things in the name of the Attorney General, effectively allowing them to delegate powers to the Solicitor General. [2]

Section 2[edit]

This section effectively extends Section 1's provisions to Northern Ireland.[3] Since 2010, the Attorney General for Northern Ireland is the Advocate General for Northern Ireland, and these provisions have been exercised by them.[4]

Section 3[edit]

This section enacts certain repeals which explicitly granted the Solicitor General powers of the Attorney General, and sets a date for the Act to commence. [5]

See Also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Law Officers Act, 1997 c. 60. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  2. ^ Law Officers Act, s. 1, 1997 c. 60. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ Law Officers Act, s. 2,1997 c. 60. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  4. ^ Attorney General's Office: Statement on Northern Ireland devolution, 12 April 2010 Archived July 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Law Officers Act, s. 3, 1997 c. 60. Retrieved 26 June 2018.