In common law nations, a solicitor general is a legal officer primarily responsible for representing or overseeing the representation of national or subnational governments in the courts. The solicitor general of the United States is an officer of the Department of Justice, who oversees federal representation in all litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court. In a similar manner, state-level solicitors general will generally oversee state government litigation before their respective state supreme courts. Additional information regarding the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General may be accessed here.
[Last updated in August of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]