The Attorney General of Kenya is the head of the Kenyan State Law Office, the principal legal adviser to the government of Kenya, and ex officio Member of Parliament and Cabinet. The current attorney general, Paul Kihara Kariuki, was nominated by the President Uhuru Kenyatta on 13 February 2018. His nomination was approved by the National Assembly on the 28 March 2018, after the requisite vetting process.
The Office of the Attorney General draws its mandate from Article 156 of the Constitution of Kenya (2010), which vests on the Attorney General the responsibility of being the Principal Legal Adviser to the Government, to ensure that the rule of law is promoted, protected and upheld and defend the public interest. The Office of the Attorney General Act No. 49 of 2012 spells out the functions of the office that include:
The attorney general's duties include the formulation of legal policy and ensuring proper administration of Kenya's legal system including professional legal education. Assisting the Attorney General in the performance of his duties as Principal Legal Adviser to the Government are: