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In the United States, the State's Attorney is, most commonly, an elected official who represents the State in criminal prosecutions and is often the chief law enforcement officer of their respective county, circuit, or district. The position of State's Attorney is analogous to that of the District Attorney, Commonwealth's Attorney, County Attorney, County Prosecutor, Prosecuting Attorney, or Solicitor. Other countries also use or used the term State Attorney, like the Boer republics of the Orange Free State and the South African Republic in South Africa. In these cases the position corresponded to that of the Attorney General in the British judicial system. It is used within the Attorney-General's Department of Sri Lanka. (via Freebase)