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Solicitor General's Office

Division Description

Overview
Legal Services Provided

Contact:
PO Box 40100
Olympia, WA 98504-0100
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Overview

The Solicitor General’s Office is comprised of eight attorneys and three professional staff. The office coordinates the involvement of the Attorney General’s Office in cases before the United States Supreme Court, assists the AGO in preparing and presenting appellate cases in state and federal courts, directly handles select appeals, and coordinates the AGO’s involvement with amicus curiae “Friend of the Court” briefs. The SGO also is responsible for preparing and issuing Attorney General Opinions to officials statutorily authorized to request them, and works in conjunction with the Attorney General Opinions Committee to accomplish this responsibility.

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Legal Services Provided

The Solicitor General’s Office carries out the Attorney General’s duties to prepare ballot titles and explanatory statements for ballot measures, and represents the state in litigation involving the powers of initiative and referendum. The Solicitor General’s Office serves as counsel to the Secretary of State, Lieutenant Governor and Administrative Office of the Courts. The Solicitor General serves as the chair of the AGO Ethics Committee, and the SGO plays a role in coordinating legal advice on issues of statewide significance.

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