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Attorney General Duties

The Attorney General is the state's top lawyer and law enforcement official, protecting and serving the people and interests of Michigan through a broad range of duties. The Attorney General's responsibilities include safeguarding the public from violent criminals, helping victims of crime, leading the fight against human trafficking and opioid abuse, preserving Michigan's spectacular natural resources, protecting consumers and addressing illegal business practices.

Overseeing more than 500 lawyers, investigators, and other employees, the Attorney General:

  • Represents the People of Michigan in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, appellate courts and the supreme courts of Michigan and the United States.
  • Serves as legal counsel to state officers and, with few exceptions, to state agencies, boards and commissions.
  • Assists prosecuting attorneys, local law enforcement and federal criminal justice agencies in the administration of justice.
  • Renders opinions on questions of law when requested to do so by the governor, legislature, or any other state officer.
  • Prepares and reviews contracts and agreements involving the State of Michigan.
  • Manages programs and special projects to detect and crack down on fraudulent, unfair and illegal activities that victimize consumers or threaten public safety.