History Of The Attorney General Trinidad And Tobago 


The Attorney General is a member of the Government and has two separate constitutional roles, a governmental role, in which he acts as a Member of Government in the performance of his duties, and a role as the guardian of the public interest, when he acts independently in a quasi-judicial capacity.

The provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago require the Attorney General to be responsible for the administration of legal affairs within the country. Legal proceedings for and against the State must be taken in the name of the Attorney General (in the case of civil proceedings) and in the name of the State (in the case of criminal proceedings).

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