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The Attorney-General of Jamaica

Marlene Malahoo Forte, QC, MP, JP

MARLENE MALAHOO FORTE QC, MP, JP, took the oath of office as the Attorney-General of Jamaica, when the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness-led Cabinet was sworn in on March 7, 2016. She is a third term legislator who has served in both Houses of Parliament of Jamaica…

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Marlene Malahoo Forte, QC, MP, JP

MARLENE MALAHOO FORTE QC, MP, JP, took the oath of office and was sworn in as the Attorney-General of Jamaica, in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness-led administration,  on March 7, 2016.  She is a third term legislator who has served in both Houses of Parliament of Jamaica: Now as the elected Member of Parliament for the Constituency of Saint James West Central (since February 25, 2016); previously as Opposition Senator, with Senate responsibility for Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade (2012-2014) and as Shadow Minister of Health (February 2015 -2016); earlier, as Government Senator and State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade (July 2009  – December 2011).


While in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marlene Malahoo Forte regularly headed Jamaica’s Delegations abroad, including to Heads of State and Heads of Government Conferences.


With twenty years of professional experience in 2016, Marlene Malahoo Forte has had a distinguished legal career at both Bar and Bench and as law lecturer. Highly regarded as a formidable, fair and fearless prosecutor in her time in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, she has had an enviably high success rate in the trial and appellate courts.  Well remembered and respected as a no-nonsense Judge of the now Parish Courts, who successfully tackled huge backlog of cases, while disposing of current cases speedily.  She has also been a strong advocate for fundamental reform of Jamaica’s Justice Sector.  As Consultant Counsel at the private bar from her LexFORTE Chambers, she has also successfully appeared at all levels of the courts, including before the Judicial Committee of Her Majesty’s Privy Council in England.


Marlene Malahoo Forte holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree & Diploma in Public Policy and Management from Harvard University (USA), a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree in Commercial Laws with further specialty in Financial and Regulatory Laws (Commonwealth Scholar) from King’s College London (UK), a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) (Hons) from the University of the West Indies (Barbados) and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School (Jamaica).  She also holds a Diploma in International Arbitration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London, England). Marlene Malahoo Forte is also a Yale World Fellow and alum of Yale University (USA) and former head girl of Manning’s School (Westmoreland, Jamaica).


Recognized and honoured internationally, regionally and nationally as a high achiever who gets the job done, while finding time for volunteerism: Named Young Global Leader (2010) by the World Economic Forum; Top Young Person in the West Indies (2010) by Junior Chamber International; Kiwanis Club of New Kingston Vueve Clicquot Professional Woman of Excellence and Bigga High Achiever in the Legal & Justice System.  Also named amongst “WHO’S WHO” in Jamaica, Marlene Malahoo Forte is a past Chairman of United Way of Jamaica’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.


 


 


Mission of the Attorney-General’s Chambers

To execute the constitutional mandate as the principal legal adviser to the Government of Jamaica, by providing legal services of the highest quality, in a professional, efficient and timely manner whilst preserving the Rule of Law.

Divisions in the Attorney-General’s Chambers

The Commercial Division is responsible for advising the Government of Jamaica on all matters commercial. Its functions include representing the Government in negotiations with national and international corporations, national
The Commercial Division is responsible for advising the Government of Jamaica on all matters commercial. Its functions include representing the Government in negotiations with national and international corporations, national...

COMMERCIAL Affairs

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division is responsible for examining and providing advice on all proposed legislation before they are presented to Parliament. ...
The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division is responsible for examining and providing advice on all proposed legislation before they are presented to Parliament. ...

Constitutional and Legislative Affairs

The General Legal Advice Division, provides advice to Ministries, Departments and Agencies on a wide breadth of legal matters.
The General Legal Advice Division, provides advice to Ministries, Departments and Agencies on a wide breadth of legal matters...

GENERAL LEGAL ADVICE

The International Affairs Division provides legal advice to the Government of Jamaica on all matters involving international law, the negotiation and drafting of treaties and other international agreements and protocols...
The International Affairs Division provides legal advice to the Government of Jamaica on all matters involving international law, the negotiation and drafting of treaties and other international agreements and protocols...

INTERNATIONAL affairs

The Litigation and State Proceedings Division is the advocacy arm of the Chambers and is therefore responsible for the conduct of all civil proceedings instituted against, and on behalf of the Government of Jamaica...
The Litigation and State Proceedings Division is the advocacy arm of the Chambers and is therefore responsible for the conduct of all civil proceedings instituted against, and on behalf of the Government of Jamaica...

LITIGATION and state
proceedings

The Administration and Support Services Division provides human resource management and development as well as administrative and office management services to the department...
The Administration and Support Services Division provides human resource management and development as well as administrative and office management services to the department...

human resource management and administration

History of the Attorney-General’s Chambers

The Attorney-General was originally an ex-officio member of the Legislative Council. When the constitutional system of Jamaica was reformed in 1944 the Attorney-General retained his position as a member of the policy making Executive Council and this continued until 1957, when the Council of Ministers was established.

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Divisions

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Legal Services Unit

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Previous Attorneys General

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Previous Solicitors General

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Years In Existence

Core Values of the Attorney-General’s Chambers

Rule of Law

We shall uphold the Rule of Law in accordance with the Constitution and Laws of Jamaica, in the execution of our duties.

Integrity

We shall retain the confidentiality and trust of our clients in the performance of our official duties.

Efficiency

We shall be diligent in the execution of our duties to ensure timely delivery of quality services.

Teamwork

We shall work together and support each other in the performance of our duties and promote a fair and harmonious working environment.

Innovation

We shall promote a culture of continuous learning, embrace change and technological advancements.

Accountability

We shall remain answerable to the people of Jamaica whose best interests we serve.

Client Focus

We shall add value for our clients, by offering tailored solutions developed through consultation and partnership.

Latest News from the Attorney-General’s Chambers

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Attorney-General’s 2019/20 Sectoral Presentation

Mr. Speaker, with the office of Attorney-General now in such sharp focus, not only here in Jamaica but also in other common law jurisdictions including those of our closest neighbours to the North, I should like to begin by highlighting…

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Attorney-General’s Dept. Prepares for Role in Centralisation of Legal Services

The Attorney-General’s Department is far advanced in preparing for its role in the centralisation of legal services, as part of the modernisation of the public sector. Cabinet in 2017 approved recommendations outlined in a framework proposal for the centralisation of…

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Attorney-General Says Government has Full Support of World Bank

Attorney-General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, says the Government has the full support of the World Bank on key initiatives that aim to enhance the country’s growth agenda. “They report that we are at a good place at this time, and…

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