Solicitor General

Definition - What does Solicitor General mean?

The Solicitor General is an attorney who is responsible primarily for representing the United States federal government executive branch in Supreme Court trials.

Solicitor generals are typically appointed in order to help the attorney general. It is also the role of the Solicitor General to help select the court rulings that the executive branch should appeal in the Supreme Court.

Justipedia explains Solicitor General

The federal government is typically involved in thousands of cases every year. However, when some of these cases go a certain way in federal court, the executive branch sometimes feels that an appeal is necessary. The Solicitor General looks for cases that should be appealed. They then attempt to get the Supreme Court to look into certain ones.

The Solicitor General will represent the executive branch in matters that the Supreme Court decides are worthy of appeal.

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