Law Officers Act 1944

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1944 c. 25


Law Officers Act, 1944

(7 & 8 Geo. 6.) CHAPTER 25.

An Act to enable the functions of the Attorney General, of the Lord Advocate and of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland to be discharged respectively by the Solicitor General, by the Solicitor General for Scotland and by deputy in certain cases.

[13th July 1944]

Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Attorney General and Solicitor General.

1 Attorney General and Solicitor General.

(1) Any functions authorised or required, by any enactment to which this subsection applies, to be discharged by the Attorney General may be discharged by the Solicitor General, if—

(a ) the office of Attorney General is vacant; or

(b ) the Attorney General is unable to act owing to absence or illness; or

(c ) the Attorney General authorises the Solicitor General to act in any particular case.

The enactments to which this subsection applies are—

(i) any enactment passed before the commencement of this Act which makes no provision for enabling the Solicitor General to discharge the functions of the Attorney General thereunder, or which makes provision enabling him to discharge them only in certain circumstances defined by the enactment; and

(ii) any enactment passed after the commencement of this Act which does not expressly provide that this section shall not apply thereto.

(2) During any period when the office of Attorney General is vacant, any certificate, petition, direction, notice, proceeding or other document, matter or thing whatsoever authorised or required, by any enactment to which this subsection applies, to be given, delivered, served, taken or done to, on or against the Attorney General, may be given, delivered, served, taken or done to, on or against the Solicitor General.

The enactments to which this subsection applies are—

(a ) any enactment passed before the commencement of this Act; and

(b ) any enactment passed after the commencement of this Act which does not expressly provide that this subsection shall not apply thereto.

S-2 Lord Advocate and Solicitor General for Scotland.

2 Lord Advocate and Solicitor General for Scotland.

(1) Any functions authorised or required, by any...

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