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Attorney General Duties

The Attorney General:

  • Prosecutes and defends civil litigation - in the DC Superior Court and US District Court for the District of Columbia - and appeals - in the DC Court of Appeals, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and US Supreme Court
  • Prosecutes certain violations of criminal law, including all juvenile criminal cases, traffic infractions, and adult misdemeanor cases in the DC Superior Court, and defending appeals of these matters
  • Enforces consumer protection laws when there is a pattern of abuse
  • Conducts or assists with criminal investigations involving government fraud, recouping monies for the District
  • Enforces the District's regulatory laws
  • Represents the District in child abuse and neglect cases and represents victims of intra-family domestic violence by obtaining civil protection orders and prosecuting related contempt of court matters in the DC Superior Court
  • Provides legal advice and opinions
  • Drafts and reviews proposed legislation and rulemakings
  • Prosecutes all civil commitment matters in the DC Superior Court
  • Manages the District's complex litigation on receiverships and other major equity and programmatic cases, like those involving the Public Schools or environmental law matters
  • Serves as the District's legal counselor in financial transactions and bond issuances
  • Drafts, negotiates, and reviews real estate lease agreements and procurement contracts
  • Defends tax collections
  • Enforces child support laws and serves as the authorized federal Title IV-D agency for this purpose