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About DOJ

The Attorney General is the head of the North Carolina Department of Justice. The Department has four primary functions:  
 
  • Provide legal representation to state agencies;
  • Assist local law enforcement in fighting crime and prosecuting cases;
  • Provide training and standards for law enforcement;
  • Protect North Carolina consumers.
 
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 State Crime Laboratory helps solve crimes by analyzing evidence and consulting with local law enforcement officers and other criminal justice personnel. 

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.
 
Read our list of primary DOJ contacts.