It shall be the duty of the attorney general, except as otherwise provided by law to:
1. Prosecute and defend all causes in the appellate courts in which the state is a party or interested.
2. Prosecute and defend in any other court or tribunal, all actions and proceedings, civil or criminal, in which the state may be a party or interested, when, in the attorney general's judgment, the interest of the state requires such action, or when requested to do so by the governor, executive council, or general assembly.
3. Prosecute and defend all actions and proceedings brought by or against any state officer in the officer's official capacity.
4. Prosecute and defend all actions and proceedings brought by or against any employee of a judicial district department of correctional services in the performance of an assessment of risk pursuant to chapter 692A.
5. Give an opinion in writing, when requested, upon all questions of law submitted by the general assembly or by either house thereof, or by any state officer, elective or appointive. Questions submitted by state officers must be of a public nature and relate to the duties of such officer.
6. Prepare drafts for contracts, forms, and other writings which may be required for the use of the state.
7. Report to the governor, at the time provided by law, the condition of the attorney general's office, opinions rendered, and business transacted of public interest.
8. Supervise county attorneys in all matters pertaining to the duties of their offices, and from time to time to require of them reports as to the condition of public business entrusted to their charge.
9. Promptly account, to the treasurer of state, for all state funds received by the attorney general.
10. Keep in proper books a record of all official opinions, and a register of all actions, prosecuted and defended by the attorney general, and of all proceedings had in relation thereto, which books shall be delivered to the attorney general's successor.
11. Perform all other duties required by law.
12. Inform prosecuting attorneys and assistant prosecuting attorneys to the state of all changes in law and matters pertaining to their office and establish programs for the continuing education of prosecuting attorneys and assistant prosecuting attorneys. The attorney general may accept funds, grants and gifts from any public or private source which shall be used to defray the expenses incident to implementing duties under this subsection.
13. Establish and administer, in cooperation with the law schools of Drake university and the state university of Iowa, a prosecutor intern program incorporating the essential elements of the pilot program denominated "law student intern program in prosecutors' office" funded by the Iowa crime commission and participating counties. The attorney general shall consult with an advisory committee including representatives of each participating law school and the Iowa county attorneys association, inc. concerning development, administration, and critique of this program. The attorney general shall report on the program's operation annually to the general assembly and the supreme court.
14. Develop written procedures and policies to be followed by prosecuting attorneys in the prosecution of domestic abuse cases under chapters 236 and 708.
[R60, § 124-127, 130, 131; C73, § 150-153; C97, § 208-210; S13, § 208-a; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 149; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 13.2]
95 Acts, ch 180, § 1; 99 Acts, ch 112, §1
Referred to in § 331.756(12)
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