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Department of Justice

POSTED: January 03, 2009, 12:00 am

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Attorney General: Eric Holder
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530

The Attorney General represents the United States in legal matters generally and gives advice and legal opinions to the President and to the heads of the executive departments of the Government when so requested. The Attorney General appears in person to represent the Government before the U.S. Supreme Court in cases of exceptional gravity or importance.

Background: The Department of Justice serves as counsel for its citizens. It represents them in enforcing the law in the public interest. Through its thousands of lawyers, investigators, and agents, the Department plays the key role in protection against criminals and subversion, ensuring healthy business competition, safeguarding the consumer, and enforcing drug, immigration and naturalization laws.

Historical Note: The Department of Justice was established by act of June 22, 1870 (28 U.S.C. 501, 503, 509 note), with the Attorney General as its head. The affairs and activities of the Department of Justice are generally directed by the Attorney General.

Bureaus under Jurisdiction:

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20535

Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534

United States Marshal Service
Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20530

International Criminal Police Organization – United States National Central Bureau
Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20530

Drug Enforcement Administration
600-700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20226

Source: United States Government Manual