COMPETENCES
Where the State Attorneys Office is to execute its statutory competences in a specific case for entities whose benefits and interests are in conflict, it shall perform its professional tasks for the Republic of Slovenia.

Representation:
•    before courts and administrative authorities in the Republic of Slovenia

The State Attorneys Office represents the state and state authorities before courts in the Republic of Slovenia (ex lege). In insolvency proceedings, when reporting and enforcing claims arising from compulsory pension and disability insurance and compulsory health insurance which pursuant to the law are to be collected by the Tax Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, the State Attorneys Office also represents the Pension and Disability Insurance Institute of Slovenia and the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia, unless they waive this right. Public agencies, public funds, public institutes, public service institutes, self-governing local communities, public enterprises or companies fully owned by the state may propose that the State Attorneys Office represent them in proceedings before courts in the Republic of Slovenia that are of utmost importance for them and the Republic of Slovenia. The State Attorneys Office may refuse to represent the aforementioned entities on the basis of a reasoned opinion of the State Attorney General.

The State Attorneys Office represents entities before administrative authorities in the Republic of Slovenia on the basis of power of attorney. It is obliged to accept power of attorney to represent the state and state authorities. It may, however, refuse to accept power of attorney to represent public agencies, public funds, public institutes, public service institutes, self-governing local communities, public enterprises or companies fully owned by the state before administrative authorities on the basis of a reasoned opinion of the State Attorney General.

The State Attorneys Office reports regularly and at the request of a represented entity on cases in which the entity is represented by the State Attorneys Office.
•    before foreign courts and in foreign arbitration, and before international courts and in international arbitration

The State Attorneys Office represents the Republic of Slovenia before foreign courts and in foreign arbitration, and before international courts and in international arbitration. In accordance with the guidelines of a state attorney or another person representing the Republic of Slovenia in a case before the European Court of Human Rights, Slovenia may also be co-represented by a legal adviser at a permanent representation of the Republic of Slovenia accredited with the Council of Europe who is appointed by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on the proposal of the Minister of Justice following the preliminary consent of the minister responsible for foreign affairs.

Legal counselling and preparation of legal opinions

The State Attorneys Office advises the state and state authorities in legal matters involving property.

At the request of a state authority, the State Attorneys Office draws up legal opinions related to the protection of property and other rights and interests of the Republic of Slovenia, and legal opinions on the compliance of the opinions and actions of state authorities with the case law of the Republic of Slovenia and the case law of international courts and international arbitration. The State Attorneys Office may not refuse to draw up such legal opinions. 

The drawing up of a legal opinion related to the protection of property and other rights and interests of the Republic of Slovenia may also be proposed by public agencies, public funds, public institutes, public service institutes, self-governing local communities, public enterprises or companies fully owned by the state, however, only in cases that have a direct impact on public funds. The State Attorneys Office may refuse to draw up the aforementioned legal opinion by a reasoned opinion of the State Attorney General, whereby in cases of major importance the proposer may request that the Government decide on the drawing up of an opinion by the State Attorneys Office.

Initial proceedings to seek an amicable resolution of disputes 
Those who intend to initiate litigation or other proceedings against the state or a state authority must propose to the State Attorneys Office in advance that the dispute should be amicably resolved before litigation or other proceedings are initiated. Initial proceedings are a precondition for initiating litigation or other proceedings. Those who intend to initiate litigation or other proceedings against the state or a state authority must submit to a competent authority or other authority a certificate confirming a failed attempt to resolve the dispute amicably in initial proceedings. Failing that, the action or another proposal to initiate proceedings is rejected by a decision. The State Attorneys Office Act shall lay down the cases to which the provisions governing initial proceedings do not apply. 

If a state attorney and the represented entity fail to reach an agreement in initial proceedings, the state attorney or the represented entity may request the opinion of the Government Settlement Council.

Representation of the public interest
The State Attorneys Office shall protect the public interest in administrative disputes and other cases determined by law.

TASKS
The State Attorneys Office performs its tasks on the basis of the State Attorneys Office Act as well as other tasks stipulated by special acts.
 

The head office of the State Attorneys Office in Ljubljana has exclusive competence for the following:
– to represent the public interest in administrative disputes;
– to provide representation before foreign courts and in foreign arbitration, and before international courts and in international arbitration;
– to provide representation in proceedings regarding indemnities, rehabilitation and the exercise of other rights of persons who were unjustifiably convicted or deprived of liberty pursuant to the Act governing criminal proceedings, or who were unjustifiably sanctioned or deprived of liberty pursuant to the Act governing minor offences;
– to provide representation in public procurement auditing procedures, and
– to perform tasks determined by the State Attorney General with the prior consent of the Minister of Justice for reasons of rationality or due to the better qualifications of the head office of the State Attorneys Office.

AREAS OF WORK

In accordance with the annual work programme, the work of the State Attorneys Office is divided into the Advisory and Analytical Section, the Civil Law and Commercial Section, the Labour and Social Law Section, and the Non-Litigious Section.
 
In accordance with the law, the International Section is a permanent specialised section at the head office of the State Attorneys Office in Ljubljana. 
 
Branch offices are external organisational units of the State Attorneys Office that operate within their subject-matter and territorial jurisdiction.