The role of the Department of Legal Advisory Services through the Minister of Justice/Attorney General is to provide legal counsel on all matters of Government.
The mission of the Legal Advisory services is to quality legal advisory and consultative services to the Government and its allied Institutions in a professional, efficient and prompt manner.
The main functions of the department include;
1. Assisting the Government in any negotiations and vetting of contracts at the national and international level. This involves holding consultative meetings, engaging in negotiations on behalf of the Government concerning international, multinational and bilateral treaties, drafting, vetting and giving advice on government contracts, preparing legal briefs and opinions and cabinet papers of a legal nature for the Minister of Justice/Attorney General and holding telephone conference on urgent matters.
2. Ensuring compliance with national legislation agreements entered between the Government and private individuals, private companies, countries and international organizations. Many times, agreements and policies are drafted by other institutions and sent to the Ministry of Justice/Attorney General’s Office. The role of the Legal Advisory services is to then peruse the documents ensuring that they comply with national legislation.
3. Advice to the Government and related institutions on legal matters, preferably, before binding decisions are made. This involves making legal interpretation and giving advice to Government on proposed transactions and policies.
Other duties include:
Liaising, training and coordinating legal advisory services with attorneys in Government institutions, ensuring and participating in the efficient management and functioning of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s office.
Structure of the Legal Advisory Services.
The department comprises of;
1. Assistant Attorney General in charge of Legal Advisory
2. Principal State Attorneys.3. State Attorneys