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Attorney-General's Chambers

Divisions

The Attorney-General’s Chambers

Divisions & Legal Services Units

In 1976, various functional Divisions were created in the Chambers to create expertise in specific areas and to provide a framework for the more effective supervision and management of diversified subject matters falling within the purview of the Attorney-General.  A Ministry Paper was prepared and approved in relation to this restructuring of the Chambers.  It is said that the intention was to allow Attorneys to move from division to division to broaden their areas of expertise.

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The Attorney-General's Chambers

After Independence

Upon independence, Jamaica became responsible for its international relations.  At first, international affairs were addressed by the seconding of Attorneys from the Chambers to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  This system did not work well and was eventually discontinued.  International affairs are now addressed by the International Law Division in the Chambers and Attorneys at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade.

Since Independence, the Attorney General’s Chambers has operated from the following locations:

  • 1962 - 1976: The top floor of what is now solely the Supreme Court building (in the area now occupied by the library and Court 9). During this time the Crown Solicitor’s office was located at various locations including Barry Street, King Street and East Street.
  • 1976 - 2001: The Mutual Life Building at 79 Barry Street.
  • 2001 - Present: The Mutual Life Building (North Tower) 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5 (renamed the NCB Towers in 2004).
The Attorney-General is, by virtue of the Constitution, the principal legal adviser to the Government of Jamaica. In performing this function, advice on a wide array of issues of a civil nature is provided; accordingly, the Chambers is divided into five specialist divisions.

COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS

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 and multi- national commercial institutions, particularly as regards the area of finance and taxation, and in negotiating international loan ...read more

COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS

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 and multi- national commercial institutions, particularly as regards the area of finance and taxation, and in negotiating international loan agreements (including those with the World Bank and Foreign Commercial Banks) and bilateral agreements with foreign states. The work of this Division also involves advising on the issuing of Government paper, project financing (e.g. Highway 2000) and privatization.

GENERAL LEGAL ADVICE

The General Legal Advice Division, provides advice to Ministries, Departments and Agencies on a wide breadth of legal matters. Members of this Division represent the Crown at the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, the Public and Police Services Commissions and conduct arbitrations on behalf of the Government. They also advise ...read more

LITIGATION AND STATE
PROCEEDINGS

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. Matters involving judicial review and Constitutional Redress are also dealt with in this Division. ...read more

LITIGATION AND STATE
PROCEEDINGS

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. Matters involving judicial review and Constitutional Redress are also dealt with in this Division. Attorneys assigned to litigation represent the Government before all the Courts of the Island that is, the Resident Parish Courts, the Court of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

CONSTITUTIONAL AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division is responsible for examining and providing advice on all proposed legislation before they are presented to Parliament. Attorneys in this Division also advise the Government of Jamaica on the constitutionality of proposed action; on the Public Service Regulations, the Judicial Service Regulations ...read more

CONSTITUTIONAL AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division is responsible for examining and providing advice on all proposed legislation before they are presented to Parliament. Attorneys in this Division also advise the Government of Jamaica on the constitutionality of proposed action; on the Public Service Regulations, the Judicial Service Regulations and the Police Service Regulations; on matters relating to nationality, citizenship and legislation and on issues relating to law reform.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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, and in relation to the performance of Jamaica’s obligations under them. Attorneys in this Division perform the ...read more

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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, and in relation to the performance of Jamaica’s obligations under them. Attorneys in this Division perform the function of representing Jamaica before such agencies as the United Nations and its specialized agencies, the Caribbean Community and Common Market and other world organizations. This Division is also responsible for the preparation of multi-lateral agreements, treaties and bilateral agreements with foreign states.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

The Administration and Support Services Division provides human resource management and development as well as administrative and office management services to the department. The human resource management and development functions include strategic planning, recruitment, selection and orientation of staff; employee development and welfare, leave administration, separation and the ...read more

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

The Administration and Support Services Division provides human resource management and development as well as administrative and office management services to the department. The human resource management and development functions include strategic planning, recruitment, selection and orientation of staff; employee development and welfare, leave administration, separation and the development and review of job descriptions.

The division is also responsible for provision of training to facilitate the professional and personal development of staff as well as to improve and maintain organizational efficiency. It therefore recommends and facilitates external training and processes applications for study leave as well as provides advice and information on human resource management and conditions of services issues.

On the administrative and office management side, the division is responsible for inventory management; for the procurement of general office equipment and supplies; the provision of information technology, library, paralegal and records and information management services as well as the general maintenance of the office environs.

The division also works with the department’s Building Committee to promote emergency preparedness awareness to organize disaster preparedness teams and to improve the general aesthetics of the office environment.

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