​The Attorney General

    The Honourable Mark Speakman, SC MP is the Attorney General of NSW.

    Mr Speakman's ministerial office contact details are:

    Phone: 02 8574 6390

    Fax: 02 9339 5562​

    Contact: https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/the-cabinet/attorney-general/​ ​
    Postal address: The Hon. Mark Speakman, SC MP
    GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001

    The role of the Attorney General

    The Attorney General is the principal adviser to the Government and Cabinet on legal, constitutional and legal policy issues.

    The Attorney General has an obligation to ensure the administration of justice in New South Wales is fair and efficient; consistent in the level and nature of penalties imposed under the law; observes the rules of natural justice; and preserves civil liberties.  

    The powers and functions of the Attorney General

    The Attorney General advises the Premier, Cabinet and other Ministers and their departments on legal questions that have been referred to the Attorney General for opinion. In providing an opinion, the Attorney General must take into account the legal advice of the Solicitor General, Crown Advocate, Crown Solicitor or the Department, if provided or requested.

    The Attorney General relies on the advice of the Parliamentary Counsel on drafting legislation to go before Parliament as Bills, on Regulations and on associated parliamentary procedures.

    The Attorney General is responsible for the appointment of judges, magistrates and statutory officers in New South Wales.

    The Attorney General also has powers and functions relating to:

    • the exercise of the Royal prerogative of mercy
    • proceedings for contempt of court
    • approval of ex gratia legal assistance and ex gratia payments
    • approval for the briefing of Senior Counsel by government agencies
    • requests for the extradition of offenders from overseas
    • monitoring of and reporting on activities undertaken under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) (NSW) Act 1987, the Listening Devices Act 1984 and the Workplace Surveillance Act 2005. 

    Legislation allocated to the Attorney General

    The Attorney General exercises powers under legislation including:

    • the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 (reviews of convictions)
    • sections 32 & 33 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (indemnities and undertakings)
    • section 47 of the Coroner's Act 1980
    • the Prisoners (Interstate Transfer) Act 1982
    • the Suitors' Fund Act 1951
    • the Costs in Criminal Cases Act 1967.

    A ​full list of legislation allocated is available at the NSW Legislation website.

    Further information about the Attorney General in NSW:

    Minister for Police,​ and Minister for Emergency Services​​​​

    The Honourable Troy Grant, MP is the Minister for Police, and Minister for Emergency Services​.

    Mr Grant's ministerial office contact details are:

    Phone: 02 8574 6800
    Fax: 02 9339 5536
    Contact: https://www.nsw.gov.au/ministercontactform/minister-grant 
    Postal address: The Hon. Troy Grant, MP
    GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001

    Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for Veterans Affairs​

    The Honourable David Elliott, MP is the Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for Veterans Affairs​.

    Mr Elliott's ministerial office contact details are:

    Phone: 02 8574 6290
    Postal address: The Hon. David Elliott, MP
    GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001​