Today at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Rt Hon Michael Ellis KC MP was sworn in as His Majesty’s Attorney General for England and Wales.
Michael Tomlinson MP, Solicitor General of His Majesty, was also sworn in during the occasion. His Majesty’s Attorney General, the Rt Hon Michael Ellis KC MP, said after the ceremony:
“I am honoured to be sworn in after returning as His Majesty’s Attorney General for England and Wales. As the Government’s chief legal adviser, my focus will be upholding the rule of law and strengthening our justice system.
“I also warmly welcome Michael Tomlinson MP to his role as His Majesty’s Solicitor General. Michael brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the role.”
HM Solicitor General Michael Tomlinson MP made the following comments in relation to his new appointment:
“It is a privilege to be sworn in as His Majesty’s Solicitor General for England and Wales.
“There are important responsibilities that come with this unique role which has been part of our constitution for centuries, and I look forward to working with His Majesty’s Attorney General to play my part in upholding the rule of law and carrying out the public interest functions of the Attorney General’s Office.”
The Attorney General is the government’s chief legal adviser and a Cabinet member. HM Law Officers (the Attorney General and Solicitor General) also provide advise to the government and supervise the Law Officers’ Departments, which include the Crown Prosecution Service, Serious Fraud Office, Government Legal Department, and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.
HM Law Officers perform a variety of tasks in the public interest, including as evaluating too lenient sentencing and taking action in cases of court disobedience. These responsibilities are separate from their roles as government ministers.
On 2 March 2021, the Rt. Hon. Michael Ellis KC MP was named Attorney General for the first time. He remained in office until 10 September 2021. His reappointment occurred on September 6, 2022.
On September 7, 2022, Michael Tomlinson MP was appointed Solicitor General for England and Wales.