Definition of solicitor general in US English:

solicitor general

nounPlural Solicitors General, Plural solicitors general

  • 1The law officer directly below the attorney general in the US Department of Justice, responsible for arguing cases before the US Supreme Court.

    • ‘Then the Lord Advocate, after consulting with the Solicitor General and the Lord President, would forward the finalised list to Scottish Courts Administration for the appointments to be made.’
    • ‘Jim Wallace also insisted that Lord Hardie only had a titular role in the Lockerbie case and that prosecution proper was in the capable hands of the former Solicitor General, now Lord Advocate, Colin Boyd QC.’
    • ‘In 1733 he married Anne Stewart, who was the daughter of the Solicitor General for Scotland.’
    • ‘A copy went to the Attorney General who initialled it and the Solicitor General endorsed the submission with his agreement to the making of the application.’
    • ‘The Attorney General and the Solicitor General can also be called to sit in on a cabinet meeting; these are currently Lord Goldsmith and Harriet Harman respectively.’
    lawyer, legal representative, legal practitioner, legal executive, notary, notary public, advocate, attorney
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    1. 1.1 A position similar to solicitor general in some US states.
      • ‘In 1998, she successfully ran for Solicitor-General of DeKalb County where she has remained until the present time.’
      • ‘The Solicitor General must investigate, charge, and prosecute misdemeanor violations of Georgia Statutes and County Ordinances that occur in the county.’


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