The Office of Attorney-General

@article{Jones1969TheOO,
  title={The Office of Attorney-General},
  author={Sir Elwyn Jones},
  journal={The Cambridge Law Journal},
  year={1969},
  volume={27},
  pages={43 - 53}
}
  • S. E. Jones
  • Published 1 April 1969
  • History, Law
  • The Cambridge Law Journal
One of my famous predecessors, Francis Bacon, once said that the office of Attorney-General was “the painfullest task in the realm.” It fell to another Attorney-General a few centuries later, Sir Patrick Hastings, to say that to be a law officer was to be in hell. I am happy to say that it is only occasionally that I feel like that about it. Although it became a great office of state, its early history is wrapped in obscurity. The basis of the office appears to have been that as the sovereign… 
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