Roles and Functions

What are the roles and functions of the Attorney General?

The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago has a dual role. He is a member of Government with two separate constitutional roles: a governmental role and a role as the guardian of the public interest.

In his governmental role, he acts as a member of Government in the performance of his duties and in his role as the guardian of the public interest, he acts independently in a quasi-judicial capacity, representing the community at large.

In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Attorney General is responsible for the administration of legal affairs in Trinidad and Tobago. Legal Proceedings for and against the State must be taken:

a) In the case of civil proceedings, in the name of the Attorney General and;
b) In the case of criminal proceedings, in the name of the State.

The Attorney General has responsibility for the following departments:

  Wholly Owned Enterprises
  Appointment to Quasi Judicial Bodies
  Law Reform

Office of the Solicitor General

  Civil Litigation
  Legal Advice to the Government

Office of Chief State Solicitor

  Administrator General
  Provisional Liquidator
  Provisional Receiver
  Public Trustee/Official Receiver

Office of Chief Parliamentary Counsel

  Legislative Drafting

Statutory Boards and other Bodies

  Corruption Investigation Bureau
  Anti-Corruption Squad
  Council of Legal Education
  Environmental Commission
  Equal Opportunity Commission
  Equal Opportunity Tribunal
  Hugh Wooding Law School
  Industrial Court
  Law Reform Commission
  Tax Appeal Board

Prepared by the Trinidad & Tobago Gazette No.74A, Vol. No.49, June 16 2010