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The Minister responsible for advising the Government on matters of law, bringing significant criminal prosecutions on behalf of the Crown, and authorizing proceedings in certain designated offences (e.g. bribery and public disorder offences). The Attorney-General must be a barrister, and is the formal head of the Bar. The Solicitor-General is the Attorney-General's deputy, and has similar responsibilities. Collectively these two posts are known as the 'Law Officers of the Crown'. Both are political appointments, and holders of these post are prohibited from practising law independently.

See also Bar, Law officer.