Mrs. Merlyn St. Bernard
To promote good Governance for the administration of justice by providing optimum quality legal services to Government.
To enhance and improve Governance and the administration of justice through continuous reform and modernization
The Ministry of Legal Affairs is the Ministry responsible for providing quality and timely legal advice and representation to Government Ministries and Departments thereby ensuring good and effective governance.
The Ministry also exists to provide the necessary framework that would enable the efficient operation of the machinery of Government, and enabling environment for the administration of justice.
Good governance is imperative for national development. Consequently, the Ministry of Legal Affairs is mandated to ensure that all actions taken by Government and its various Ministries and Department are within the laws of the land and in conformity with our international obligations. The constitution makes provision for the Attorney General who is the principal legal advisor, a Solicitor General, supported by Senior and Crown Counsel.
The Attorney General’s Chambers is also responsible for reviewing all agreements, deeds, leases, treaties, conventions, etc to which the Government is a party. The office also provides legal opinions and advice to all departments of Government on Legal issues regarding their functions and provides representation in civil proceedings brought by and against Government. The office of legislative drafter also falls within the purview of the Attorney General. This office is responsible for ensuring that all laws are drafted and sent to Cabinet for its approval before proceeding to Parliament for enactment.
The Activities of the Ministry include:
- Advice and representation
- General Legal Advice
- Promoting a flow of Bills to Parliament
The values of the Ministry are the values that underpin all democratic and accountable institutions and are those that are necessary to ensure that the rule of the law is upheld.
DEPARTMENTS CONNECTED WITH THE MINISTRY OF LEGAL AFFAIRS
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Ministry of Legal Affairs
414 H.A. Blaize Street
Telephone: (473) 435 – 2962 / 2963 / 440 - 2050
Fax: (473) 435 – 2964