The Antinomies of the Law Officers

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This chapter examines the antimonies of the law officers of the Crown in Great Britain. It highlights the tension between law officers' attachment to a particular government on the one hand and their commitment to the integrity of the legal and political order on the other hand. It describes the three models of law officers and suggests that the non-political model ignores the fact that decision-making in the public interest is based on political criteria.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Nature of the Crown
Subtitle of host publicationA Legal and Political Analysis
EditorsMaurice Sunkin, Sebastian Payne
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)0198262736, 9780198262732
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • law officers
  • political order
  • legal order
  • public interest

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