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Criminal Law Committee

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.

Mission Statement

The Criminal Law Committee works to provide timely and useful information relating to criminal justice and law enforcement matters to the attorney general community.  The Committee monitors court decisions and legislative developments, offers the attorneys general research, training and technical assistance, and responds to developing concerns.  The Committee’s goal is to enhance communication and problem solving among the attorneys general who regularly encounter issues relating to criminal law. 

Committee Membership

  • Attorney General Jim Hood (MS), Co-Chair
  • Attorney General Jeff Landry (LA), Co-Chair
  • Attorney General Douglas Chin (HI)
  • Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (RI)
  • Attorney General Steve Marshall (AL)
  • Attorney General Karl A. Racine (DC)
  • Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum (OR)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Mark Neil, 202-326-6019

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