|Financial Audit Division Report 07-10||Released May 3, 2007|
The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the State of Minnesota. The office represents the state in state and federal court, as well as in administrative adjudication and rulemaking hearings and felony criminal appeals. It also advises local prosecutors in the conduct of criminal trials. The office bills for legal services provided to state agencies and collected approximately $23.7 million during the period January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2006. Mike Hatch was the Attorney General during the audit scope. Lori Swanson was elected Attorney General in November 2006 and took office on January 2, 2007.