Principal law officer. In the US, the principal officer of the federal government or of a state. Attorneys general act as chief officers for criminal and civil law and as chief legal representatives of their governments in government operations.
1. The person who holds the position of secretary of the Justice Department.
2. The position of the head of the Justice Department and the chief law enforcement officer of the United States; Also called: Attorney General of the United States.
The chief law officer of a country or state.