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Record Group Number: 000650
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Creator: Florida. Dept. of Legal Affairs.
Title, Dates: Department of Legal Affairs record group.
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Biographical/Historical Note:     The Department of Legal Affairs was created in 1969 (Ch. 69-106, Laws of Florida) to perform the powers, duties and functions of the office of the Attorney General.  The Attorney General heads the department and is the chief state legal officer (Chapter 16, Florida Statutes). The department provides all legal services required by any department unless otherwise provided by law.  It defends the state on appeals from criminal convictions through state and federal courts. The department provides assistance to local law enforcement agencies in major felony cases and maintains regional offices throughout the state to aid in these services. The Attorney General renders legal opinions on request to government agencies and appears on behalf of the state in all suits in the District Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court in which the state has an interest.
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