Solicitor General of the United States

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United States Solicitor General
Flag of the United States Solicitor General.svg
Flag of the United States Solicitor General
Noel Francisco official photo.jpg
Incumbent
Noel Francisco
Acting

since September 19, 2017
Department of Justice
Office of the Solicitor General
Reports toThe Attorney General
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Constituting instrument28 U.S.C. § 505
FormationOctober 1870
Prior to this date,
the Attorney General exercised
most of the duties now performed
by the Solicitor General.
First holderBenjamin H. Bristow
WebsiteOffice of the Solicitor General

The United States Solicitor General is the third-highest-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Justice.

The United States Solicitor General is the person appointed to represent the federal government of the United States before the Supreme Court of the United States. The current Solicitor General, Noel Francisco, took office on September 19, 2017.[1]

The Solicitor General determines the legal position that the United States will take in the Supreme Court. In addition to supervising and conducting cases in which the government is a party, the office of the Solicitor General also files amicus curiae briefs in cases in which the federal government has a significant interest in the legal issue.

The office of the Solicitor General argues on behalf of the government in virtually every case in which the United States is a party, and also argues in most of the cases in which the government has filed an amicus brief.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Roll Call vote PN299". United States Senate. September 19, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.