| Commentary

179 Role of the Attorney General

| Commentary

179 Role of the Attorney General

The Attorney General represents the Crown as parens patriae and as such has special responsibilities regarding charities1. The Attorney General’s main function in relation to charities is to represent the charitable interest in legal proceedings concerning charity, where the role is similar to that of an amicus curiae, and to initiate proceedings in the public interest, for example in the case of a breach of trust by a charity trustee.

Where there is some question whether initial failure of a charitable gift has occurred, the Attorney General, through the Treasury Solicitor, may be consulted

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