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Office of the Attorney General (Department of Legal Affairs)

What is the purpose of the office?

The Office of the Attorney General, also known as the Department of Legal Affairs, provides a wide variety of legal services, including defending the state in civil litigation cases, representing the people of Florida in criminal appeals in state and federal courts, protecting rights of children, consumers, and victims through its various protection programs, and investigating and litigating against businesses that seek to limit competition and defraud taxpayers.

Who is the Attorney General?

The current Attorney General is Ashley Moody. The Florida constitution designates the Attorney General as the chief state legal officer. The constitution requires the Attorney General to be elected every four years and be at least 30 years old. To qualify for election, the Attorney General must have resided in the state for the preceding seven years and have been a member of the Florida Bar for the preceding five years. The Attorney General serves as a member of the Florida Cabinet and as a member of the Executive Clemency Board.

What services does the office provide?

The office provides a wide variety of legal services that can be broadly divided into four areas.

Does the office house any independent entities?

Yes, the Florida Elections Commission enforces Florida's campaign finance laws. The commission is housed in the Attorney General's office for administrative purposes only. It is not subject to the control, supervision, or direction of the Attorney General.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions
LEGAL AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF, AND ATTORNEY GENERAL
PROGRAM: FLORIDA ELECTIONS COMMISSION
CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND ELECTION FRAUD ENFORCEMENT
1,594,221
15.00
PROGRAM: OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LITIGATION
105,104,353
1,001.00
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
21,704,748
153.00
VICTIM SERVICES
155,825,575
138.00
PROGRAM: OFFICE OF STATEWIDE PROSECUTION
PROSECUTION OF MULTI-CIRCUIT ORGANIZED CRIME
9,577,207
77.50
TOTAL
293,806,104
1,384.50

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Florida's Opioid Epidemic: Recommendations & Best Practices, Opioid Working Group, Office of the Attorney General, March 2019.
Statewide Council on Human Trafficking Annual Report 2018, Office of Attorney General.
Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs Annual Report, 2017-2018, Office of Attorney General.
Biennial Report of the Attorney General - State of Florida; January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2016, Office of Attorney General, March 2017.
2019 Government In The Sunshine Manual, Office of Attorney General.
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website.
Websites of Interest
Office of Attorney General, Opinions
Office of the Attorney General, Addresses and Phone Numbers
Office of the Attorney General, Maps for Visiting Offices
National Association of Attorneys General
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Article IV, Sections 4, 5, and 10, Constitution of the State of Florida; and Ch. 16 and s. 20.11, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Office of Attorney General, 850-414-3300, 850-414-3990 (Citizens Services), or 1-866-966-7226
Website