Hired Guns and Ministers of Justice: The Role of Government Attorneys in the US and Israel
19 Israel Law Review, 1 2016
20 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2015 Last revised: 13 Jun 2016
Date Written: August 10, 2015
What is the role of a government attorney who represents a government agency on judicial review? Most academic literature in US advocates the “hired gun” model in which the role of the government lawyer is no different from a lawyer representing a private client (although some academics and government lawyers disagree). The prevailing view in Israel is that government lawyers are “ministers of justice” owing a primary obligation to the public interest rather than to the client agency. This difference is attributable both to fundamental differences between the legal culture of the US and Israel as well as to certain unique features of the Israeli system of judicial review.
Keywords: government attorney, government agency, judicial review, hired gun, Israel, United States, ministers of justice, judicial review
JEL Classification: K33, K40, K44
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