The Attorney General is the head of the North Carolina Department of Justice. The Department has four primary functions:
Attorney General Roy Cooper and attorneys in the Department of Justice’s Legal Services
provide legal advice and representation to state government departments, agencies and commissions.
The Attorney General also provides legal opinions at the request of public officials and handles all criminal appeals from state trial courts. When public safety and interests are at stake, the Attorney General can take legal action on behalf of the State and its people.
The Department of Justice provides assistance to law enforcement agencies
across North Carolina.
The State Bureau of Investigation
works with local law enforcement to investigate crimes.
The North Carolina Justice Academy
provides training for local law enforcement officers.
The Department of Justice also oversees standards for law enforcement through the Sheriffs' Standards Training Commission
and the Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission
Through the Consumer Protection Division
, the Attorney General educates North Carolina consumers and protects them from frauds and scams.
The Victims and Citizens Services Section
protects the rights of victims and help people better understand the criminal justice system. Lawyers there also offer guidance on following the state’s public records laws.
The Department staffs commissions to oversee standards for private security, private investigators and other related professions through the Private Protective Services Board
and the burglar alarm businesses through the Alarm Systems Licensing Board
You can view jobs at the 1,250-member NC Department of Justice and ask about internships throughout the department. Call the NC Department of Justice at (919) 716-6400.