Criminal Law

The role of attorneys general with respect to the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses varies in each jurisdiction; being dependent upon the powers and duties of the Office of Attorney General as found in the jurisdiction's statutory and constitutional framework. In certain jurisdictions, the attorney general serves as the sole prosecuting authority; while in others, the attorney general has no criminal jurisdiction whatsoever. In a majority of jurisdictions, the attorney general plays a significant role in the investigation and prosecution of criminal matters, both at the trial and appellate levels. Moreover, as a jurisdiction's chief legal officer, attorneys general are generally involved in policy matters affecting the criminal laws in their respective jurisdictions.

The NAAG Criminal Law Committee provides a structure for exchanging information among the attorneys general, allowing them to draw upon their collective expertise and experiences. NAAG ensures that attorneys general are kept informed in a timely and useful manner of all important criminal justice issues that affect the powers and duties of attorneys general in this subject area, as well as examines emerging trends which may impact criminal policy matters on both the state and national levels.

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2014 Chief Deputies/Chiefs of Staff Meeting

April 23 - 25, 2014
San Diego, CA
Contact: Jeffrey Hunter

Persuasive Legal Writing

April 23 - 25, 2014
National Advocacy Center, Columbia, SC
Contact: Judy McKee

Intellectual Property Theft Training Seminar: Louisville, KY

April 25, 2014
Louisville Metro Police Department, LMPD Training Academy
Contact: Judy McKee

National Cybercrime Conference

April 28 - 30, 2014
Sheraton Four Points, Norwood, MA
Contact: Hedda Litwin

Representation of State Agencies

April 29 - 30, 2014
Louisville, KY
Contact: Bill Malloy

NAGTRI/RWJF Public Health Fellowship Program

May 1 - 2, 2014
Washington, DC and New York City, NY
Contact: Jeanette Manning