Office of the Attorney General

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The position of Attorney General is that of public office and is appointed by the President, subject to ratification by Parliament. The person appointed Attorney General should not be an appointed Minister or hold any other public office.

Requirements

The Attorney General is required to be:

  • An ex-officio member of the Cabinet
  • Person qualified to be appointed a Judge of a superior court

Functions

  • the signing of all Government Bills to be presented to the National Assembly
  • being the principal legal adviser to the Government
  • representing the Government in the courts or any other legal proceedings to which Government is a party
  • any other functions assigned to the Attorney General by the President or by any other law The Attorney General is entirely independent from any political influence and is therefore not subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority. The Attorney General is also a member of the Judicial Service Commission, Chairperson of the Anti-Money Laundering Authority, Chairperson of the Council of Legal Education and Chairperson of the Legal Practitioners’ Disciplinary Committee. He is also the competent authority for mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and extradition.

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