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Legal & administrative assistance

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for ensuring that the common law and statutory powers of the Attorney General are exercised in accordance with the law.

The business area within the Department which leads this function is the OGC.

In this section, you will find information on:

  • the role of the Attorney General as the Protector of Charities
  • how to apply for compensation in criminal cases and ex-gratia payments
  • how to apply for Crown representation, immunity from prosecution, legal assistance for witnesses and approval for Senior Counsel
  • the review and annulment of convictions under the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001
  • the procedures for taking foreign evidence
  • what is meant by vexatious proceedings.