Attorney General Divisions

The office of the Attorney General has many different divisions in order to handle different cases and issues that arise with the state

The Executive Division keeps the Attorney General informed of all legal matters in the office to ensure that he is fully informed when making any decision.

Sections:

Legislative Affairs Section The Legislative Affairs Section drafts and coordinates the Attorney General’s legislative agenda.

Public Relations Section The Public Relations Office coordinates public functions of the Attorney General and handles all press activity.

Constituent Services and Public Hotline Section This Section mainly addresses questions, requests, comments, and complaints from the general public as well as federal, state, and local public officials and governmental agencies.  The Constituent Services and Public Hotline Section evaluates each call to determine if the Attorney General’s Office should or can take any action and if so, directs the caller to the appropriate division, section, or person.  Callers with issues outside the Attorney General’s jurisdiction are referred to other public agencies. 

Law Enforcement Coordinator  The Attorney General’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinator acts as a liaison to all levels of law enforcement in the state of Alabama. The coordinator organizes the annual statewide law enforcement summit training which covers issues on constitutional and criminal procedures; laws of arrest, search and seizure; and changes in the state's criminal and traffic laws. The Law Enforcement Coordinator reviews and answers most constituent complaints lodged against local and county law enforcement agencies, on behalf of the Attorney General. Upon request, the coordinator provides assistance to law enforcement agencies. When the Attorney General is unable to attend certain events, the coordinator will attend law enforcement conferences and association meetings on his behalf in order to stay abreast of issues affecting law enforcement.


Office Divisions

Important Links:
About the Attorney General
Guidelines for Religious Activity in Public Schools
Opioid Counsel
Search News Releases
Phone: 334-242-7300
Special Prosecutions Division
Office Divisions

The Division is responsible for investigating and prosecuting allegations of fraud against the Alabama Medicaid Program by Medicaid providers. This Division is also responsible for investigating and prosecuting allegations of abuse, neglect, and the financial exploitation of residents of long-term care facilities that receive Medicaid funding, including nursing homes. The Division is also authorized to enter into civil settlements to recover funds overpaid to providers that are not the subject of criminal activity.
Office Divisions

Phone: 334-353-8793

The Solicitor General supervises the drafting and submission of all briefs the State files in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Alabama Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  The Solicitor General is responsible for ensuring that the State takes consistent positions in these courts and produces well-written briefs that set out a reasoned view of the law.  In some cases, the Solicitor General and his staff are directly responsible for drafting briefs.  In others, the Solicitor General supervises the work of other attorneys who have taken primary responsibility for drafting the briefs.  The Solicitor General also presents oral argument in these courts.  In some matters of great importance, the Solicitor General represents the State at the trial level.  In addition to supervising appellate cases in which the State is a party, the Solicitor General also supervises the State’s submission of amicus briefs supporting other parties, such as other states, in cases where Alabama is not a party.

Sections of the Division

Constitutional Defense Section: In September 1998, Attorney General Bill Pryor established the Constitutional Defense Division. Since then, the Division has handled complex civil lawsuits filed against the State of Alabama, its agencies, and its officials. Division attorneys litigate cases in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Among its goals, the section seeks to preserve the State’s ability to conduct its business in a fair and constitutional manner, free from interference by federal agencies and private litigants. Litigation assigned to the Section has included class actions and institutional reform litigation, as well as cases presenting complex issues of employment law, state and federal constitutional law, civil rights, and voting rights.

Opinions Section:is the primary section that gives advice to public officials on various states laws such as the Open Meetings Act, the Competitive Bid and Public Works Laws, the Fair Campaign Practices Act, and other laws on voting.The Code of Alabama specifically calls upon the Attorney General to issue official opinions about state law. Often state law can be confusing; therefore, public officials may request that the Attorney General give his legal interpretation of the law in understandable terms. Upon written request, the Attorney General furnishes written opinions on questions of law to state departments, agencies, boards and commissions; the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee (Committee) of either House upon a matter under consideration by the Committee; legislators, if there is some nexus between the question posed and a perceived legislative duty; and to certain other public officials and political subdivisions.  


Office Divisions

Important Links:
Opinion Search
Phone: 334-242-7401
Fax: 334-242-4891
The Administrative Services Division plans, coordinates, and directs a broad range of services that allow the Office to operate efficiently. The division is responsible for: budgeting, accounting, payroll, contracts, purchasing, property inventory, information technology, training, telecommunications, website maintenance, human resources, law library and computer assisted legal research, records management, space management, and mail and courier services, as well as assisting with legislation that affects Office operations and supporting security needs.
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Employment Opportunities
Phone: 334-242-7305
Fax: 334-353-8400

The Criminal Trials Division in the Office of the Attorney General generally prosecutes violent crimes in circuit courts throughout the State of Alabama.  In addition, the Division prosecutes complex economic crimes.  Generally, the division prosecutes cases when local authorities, district attorneys, or law enforcement agencies request assistance, have conflicts, or do not have the resources to prosecute lengthy, complex, or technical cases.  Such cases often require resources and expertise not generally available to most local authorities.


Office Divisions

Criminal Trials Division
Phone: 334-242-7407
Fax: 334-353-8400 Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 300152
Montgomery, Alabama 36130 Physical Address: 501 Washington Avenue Montgomery, Alabama 36104

The Investigations Division’s mission is to conduct investigations fairly and impartially, reporting the results accurately and completely. A number of these investigations are conducted independently, while some are done in concert with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Our vision is to be a highly effective investigative organization that protects Alabama’s citizens from those who would abuse the public trust, from individuals who threaten the safety of her people, and from those who adversely affect the quality of life enjoyed in Alabama. 


Office Divisions

Important Links:
Parent's Guide to the Internet

Investigations Division Phone: 334-242-7345 Fax: 334-353-8400
The Capital Litigation Section represents the State in all appeals in state and federal courts in which a criminal defendant has received a death sentence, including the direct appeal, state post-conviction proceedings, federal habeas corpus proceedings, and execution proceedings. In addition, attorneys in this division are required to advise judges, other prosecutors, and the public on death penalty law and procedure.
Office Divisions

Important Links:
Alabama's Guidelines Death Penalty Appeals Process

Capital Litigation Section Division Phone: 334-242-7408
The Attorney General is responsible for litigation matters for all State Agencies, which number approximately 150 agencies, boards and commissions. Many of the larger agencies have their own legal departments with attorneys appointed by the Attorney General. However, many of the boards and commissions are small, or they cannot afford their own legal department or full-time attorney. Therefore, these state entities must rely on the Attorney General’s Office for legal representation. The General Civil and Administrative Law Division provides legal representation for more than 70 agencies, boards and commissions. The attorneys in the division act as “general counsel” to the regulatory boards and review, prepare and prosecute allegations against licensees accused of violating the various practice acts. The division also analyzes issues arising under the Federal Antitrust Statutes, primarily the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act. Issues involving market division, price-fixing, bid-rigging, refusals to deal, and other monopolistic, collusive behaviors are investigated often in conjunction with other States, and Federal Agencies when Alabama’s free market competitive landscape may be negatively impacted. The division also conducts merger review and analysis in order to protect Alabama’s competitive markets. The goal of the division is to protect competition by punishing illegal behavior. This is accomplished by aggressive investigation and prosecution of those who refuse to play by the rules, and further by intensive merger analysis to identify and address adverse anticompetitive effects.
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Consumer Hotline: 1-800-392-5658 or 334-242-7335

The Consumer Interest Division serves as a mediator of disputes between consumers and businesses.  Although the Attorney General cannot serve as a private attorney for an individual or provide consumers with legal advice, the Consumer Interest Division can successfully mediate complaints to the mutual satisfaction of the consumer and the business.  The Consumer Interest Division also receives consumer calls and provides information regarding check scams and mortgage fraud, as well as other consumer related fraud. Alabama law requires charities, health studios, professional fundraisers, professional solicitors, commercial co-venturers and telemarketers that solicit in or from the State of Alabama to register with the Attorney General’s Office.  Registration information can be found below.  For specific questions regarding registrations, call 1-800-392-5658. 
Sections of the Division
Environmental Section The Environmental Section represents the State of Alabama on a variety of complex environmental issues before the State and Federal Courts and numerous state and federal governmental agencies.  The Environmental Section actively litigates on behalf of Alabama to enforce State environmental laws and to prevent and abate pollution of State waters, land, and air.  In addition, the Section works closely with and/or represents various state environmental regulatory boards and agencies, including the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and the Environmental Management Commission. Utilities Section This section of the Civil Division acts as the advocate for the consumers before the Alabama Public Service Commission and represents the Attorney General in all utility matters before the Public Service Commission.  The Attorney General, primarily representing residential consumers, intervenes in utility matters affecting the public interest, particularly those utility dockets involving rate and service issues with electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, water, and wastewater companies.
Office Divisions

Important Links:
Consumer Interest Division
Consumer Complaint
License Search

1-800-392-5658 or 334-242-7335
The section lawyers fully understand the critical roles of law enforcement officers, district attorneys, and trial judges in enforcing the criminal laws; accordingly, the attorneys in the section consult closely with trial judges, district attorneys, and law enforcement officers to help ensure that trials, prosecutions, and investigations are conducted in accordance with the latest developments in criminal law. Each issue in an appeal is carefully researched, precise arguments are prepared, and a brief, on behalf of the State and the victim, is submitted for the appellate court’s review in each case to ensure that just and valid convictions are not compromised. If a conviction is reversed, the section lawyers pursue all reasonable grounds to have that decision overturned by a higher court so that victims will not be subjected to another trial.
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Criminal Appeals Section Phone: 334-242-7386