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Duties of the Utah Attorney General

The duties of the Attorney General, as defined under the Utah Constitution, art. VII, § 16.


“The Attorney General shall be the legal adviser of the State officers, except as otherwise provided by this Constitution, and shall perform such other duties as provided by law.”

Furthermore, the duties of the Attorney General under Utah Code Annotated §67- 5-1


“The Attorney General shall

1. Prosecute or defend all causes in which the State or a state agency is a party.

2. Initiate legal proceedings on behalf of the state.

3. Direct the process of executions on judgments.

4. Account for state funds which comes into possession of the office.

5. Keep a file on each case, civil or criminal, in which the Attorney General is required to appear.

6. Act as supervisor to district and county attorneys within the state.

7. Give opinions on questions of law to state agencies, officers, boards, commissions, and to county or district attorneys.

8. Assist district or county attorneys when required by public service or by the Governor.

9. Purchase property in the name of the State offered under executions and enter partial or whole satisfactions of judgment as directed by the Board of Examiners.

10. If a judgment debtor’s property is under a prior encumbrance, the Attorney General shall redeem the property.

11. Pay costs necessary to the prosecution of any proceedings necessary to set aside fraudulent conveyances made by judgment debtors.

12. Discharge the duties of a member of any official boards of which the attorney general is legally required to be a member.

13. Prosecute corporations which act illegally.

14. Investigate in order to recover property which should revert to the state.

15. Administer the Children’s Justice Center program.

16. Assist the Constitutional Defense Council.

17. Investigate and prosecute criminal violations of the False Claims Act.

18. Investigate and prosecute complaints of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of patients at health care facilities that receive payments under the state Medicaid program.”