The Attorney General is the chief legal counsel and advisor to state government in North Dakota. He represents and defends the interests of the state (and, therefore, the people) of North Dakota in civil and criminal actions. He may take legal action to protect the state's rights, defend the actions of state officials, and ensure public order. State law prohibits the Attorney General and his staff from providing legal advice to, or representing, members of the public.
The Attorney General is a member of numerous boards and commissions, including the Board of University and School Lands, Industrial Commission (which oversees all state-owned industries), Drug and Alcohol Commission, Judicial Council and Pardon Advisory Board.