The Crown Advocate was appointed under the provisions of the Crown Advocate Act, 1979 (Act No.59). (1)
The Crown Advocate advises the Attorney General, particularly on questions arising under the criminal law, and appears for the NSW Government in criminal proceedings of special significance (2). Under the Act the Crown Advocate assists the Solicitor General in respect of the exercise or discharge by the Solicitor General of any powers, authorities, duties or functions delegated by the Attorney General under section 4 of the Solicitor General Act, 1969. (3)
The Crown Solicitor advises and assists any crown prosecutor, member of the police force or, if directed by the Attorney General or Solicitor General, any other person in respect of the conduct of criminal proceedings. (4)
From 1 July 2009 when the Attorney General's Department was abolished the Crown Advocate became a branch of the new Principal Department, the Department of Justice and Attorney General. (5)
From 4 April 2011 when the name of the Department of Justice and Attorney General was changed the Crown Advocate became a branch of the Department of Attorney General and Justice. (6)
Footnotes and References:
(1) Crown Advocate Act, 1979 (Act No.59)
(2) NSW Government Directory 2000
(3) Annual Report for the Attorney General's Department for the year ended 30 June 1979
(4) Op Cit
(5) Public Sector Employment and Management (Departmental Amalgamations) Order 2009 (2009 No 352) cls. 20; notified on NSW Legislation website, 27 July 2009.
(6) Public Sector Employment and Management (Departments) Order 2011 (2011 No 184) cls. 36; notified on NSW Legislation website, 3 April 2011.