• Current through October 23, 2012

(a)(1) The Attorney General for the District of Columbia ("Attorney General") shall have charge and conduct of all law business of the said District and all suits instituted by and against the government thereof, and shall possess all powers afforded the Attorney General by the common and statutory law of the District and shall be responsible for upholding the public interest. The Attorney General shall have the power to control litigation and appeals, as well as the power to intervene in legal proceedings on behalf of this public interest.

(2) The Attorney General shall furnish opinions in writing to the Mayor and the Council whenever requested to do so. All requests for opinions from agencies subordinate to the Mayor shall be transmitted through the Mayor. The Attorney General shall keep a record of requests, together with the opinions. Those opinions of the Attorney General issued pursuant to Reorganization Order No. 50 shall be compiled and published by the Attorney General on an annual basis.

(b) The authority provided under this section shall not be construed to deny or limit the duty and authority of the Attorney General as heretofore authorized, either by statute or under common law.

(May 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-160, § 101, 57 DCR 3012.)


Legislative History of Laws

Law 18-160, the "Attorney General for the District of Columbia Clarification and Elected Term Amendment Act of 2010", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 18-65, which was referred to the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary.  The bill was adopted on first and second readings on January 5, 2010, and February 2, 2010, respectively.   Deemed approved without the signature of the Mayor on March 30, 2010, it was assigned Act No. 18-351 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review.   D.C. Law 18-160 became effective on May 27, 2010.