I didn’t know a person could be a private attorney general until I read W. R. Chambers’ comment on the thread of In Time, The Feds Will Come To Durham :
In the context of civil matters, there are some instances where the law recognizes the right of "private attorneys general" to play a role similar to that of an attorney general.Chambers' comment sent me to this Wikipedia entry where I read:
Does anyone know if the lawyers for the plaintiffs could act as private attorneys general?
A private attorney general is a private party in the United States who brings a lawsuit that is considered to be in the public interest, i.e. benefiting the general public and not just the plaintiff.That’s followed by a section titled:
The private attorney general is entitled to recover attorney's fees if he or she prevails. The purpose of this principle is to provide extra incentive to private citizens to pursue suits that may be of benefit to society at large.
Examples of applicationHere’s the section’s first sentence:
Most civil rights statutes rely on private attorneys general for their enforcement.Right now all I can say is “ always be cautious using a Wikipedia entry” and “thank you” W. R. Chambers.
I’m sure some of you can say more.