Rt Hon MP Suella Braverman QC, was sworn in as Attorney General for England and Wales in a joint ceremony at the Royal Court of Justice today.
Alex Chalk QC MP joined the Attorney General in the ceremony where he was sworn in as Solicitor General for England and Wales.
MP Rt Hon Dominic Raab was also sworn in as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of Justice at the historic ceremony.
The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Ian Burnett of Maldon spoke at the ceremony to welcome the Law Officers and the Lord Chancellor into their roles.
Speaking after the ceremony, Attorney General The Right Honorable Suella Braverman said:
I am honored to have been sworn in to resume my duties as Attorney General. One of my top priorities is to continue working to restore confidence in the criminal justice system.
I warmly welcome Alex Chalk to his role as Solicitor General. Alex brings a wealth of experience to this role, and I look forward to working with him as legal counsel.
I am also delighted to welcome Dominic Raab in his role as Lord Chancellor and Secretary for Justice. I am convinced that he will do everything possible to defend and maintain the independence of the judiciary, and I look forward to working with him.
Lord Chancellor MP Rt Hon Dominic Raab said:
It is an honor to be sworn in as Lord Chancellor and charged with upholding the rule of law and defending the independence of our judicial system – responsibilities that I take very seriously.
My priorities are to increase the productivity of the courts, to build more prison spaces and to create a regime that rehabilitates offenders, reduces recidivism and strengthens support for victims. I also want to advance human rights reform to ensure a better balance of common sense. I look forward to working with the returning Attorney General and the new Solicitor General who I know will bring energy and enthusiasm to their historic offices.
Commenting on his new appointment, MP Alex Chalk QC said:
It is a privilege to be sworn in as Solicitor General for England and Wales and I thank everyone for their kind words since my appointment.
There are important responsibilities that accompany this unique role, and I look forward to working with the Attorney General to play my role in strengthening our precious justice system and upholding the rule of law.
The Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government and also assists the Cabinet. In addition to providing advice to the government, lawyers oversee legal services which include the Crown Prosecution Service, the Serious Fraud Office, the Government Legal Department and the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.
Lawyers perform a number of functions in the public interest, such as reviewing unduly lenient sentences and taking action in cases of contempt of court. These functions are exercised independently of their role as government ministers.
Suella Braverman was appointed Attorney General on February 13, 2020. She was reappointed as Attorney General on September 10, 2021 following her maternity leave.
Alex Chalk was appointed Solicitor General for England and Wales on September 16, 2021.