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Office of the Attorney General

 

The Attorney General’s legal duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • i. Principal Legal Adviser to the Head of State, Cabinet and the Prime Minister;
  • ii. Responsible for all civil proceedings involving Government
  • iii. Responsible for criminal proceedings;
  • iv. Protector of the Judiciary;
  • v. Drafting legislation;
  • vi. Common law protector of charitable trusts.
 

Legislative Drafting

Broad Responsibilities

- Draft all Government Legislations, (Bills & Regulations)
‐ Conduct Annual Consolidation of Laws
‐ Prepare other subsidiary legislation (guidelines, proclamation, orders, warrants and other legal instruments pursuant to Acts or Regulation)

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Criminal Prosecutions

Broad Responsibilities

- Conduct all Prosecution in the Supreme Court
‐ Supervision of prosecution in the District Court, advice on criminal matters, trainings for staff, police and other Ministries

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Civil Litigation and Opinions

Broad Responsibilities

- Represent Government in Civil Proceedings
‐ To provide legal advice regarding interpretations of legislation and legal obligations
‐ Coordinate and participate in Committees working parties to ensure all legal requirements are satisfied

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Commercial and International Law

Broad Responsibilities

- Deals with Regional and International Projects
‐ Negotiations for Lease, WTO, World Bank
‐ International Human Rights

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Corporate Services

Broad Responsibilities

- Provide support services (financial, HR, administration, records, logistics)for AG
- Coordinate Office Manuals and Policies
- Advise staff on devolved functions

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Law and Justice Sector

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Broad Responsibilities

- Community Safety
‐ Access to Justice
‐ Melding Community and Customary Based Justice with Formal Systems
‐ Integrity and Good Governance

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Our Vision: "To ensure a safe and just society through the provision of quality and effective legal services"

 

Our Postal Address:
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 27
Apia
SAMOA
Hours of Operation:
Mon. to Fri. 9am to 5pm
* All correspondence must be addressed to the Attorney General.

Quick Facts

There are four legal divisions (Legislative Drafting, Criminal Prosecutions, Commercial and International matters as well as the Civil Litigation and Opinions)vision), one quasi-legal division (Law and Justice Sector Secretariat) and one support division (Corporate Services). All these Divisions (including the Law and Justice Sector) work together to achieve the results and performance measures outlined above.

There are plans in the pipeline for the three legal divisions to be headed by Deputy Attorney Generals. Below them will be Assistant Attorney Generals. The Civil Division will have two sections comprising of:
(a) Civil Litigation, Opinions and Human Rights; and
(b) Commercial and International Relations.