The Organization of the Legal Function in Government

Terence Daintith and Alan Page

in The Executive in the Constitution

Published in print August 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268703
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683558 | DOI:
The Organization of the Legal Function in Government

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This chapter looks at the structures through which the executive deals with legal issues. It sets out who undertakes legal work, how their activities are fitted into the general action of the executive, and what structures exist to control and co-ordinate their work. The chapter begins by looking at the evolution of the structure through which the different legal functions are performed. Next, it explores the different legal services presently operating within government, both in what may be called central legal departments (such as the Treasury Solicitor's Department), and in the main ministerial departments of government. Furthermore, it assesses the history and general functions of the Law Officers.

Keywords: legal services; government; Law Officers; legal departments; executive

Chapter.  14584 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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