The attorney general

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Establishment: This office is established by Article 156 (1) of the constitution. It is an office in the public service.

Appointment: Under Article 156 (2), the Attorney-General shall be nominated by the President and, with the approval of the National Assembly, appointed by the President.
Under Article 156 (3) the qualifications for appointment as Attorney-General are the same as for appointment to the office of Chief Justice, i.e.:
o At least 15 years experience as a superior court judge; or
o At least 15 years’ experience as a distinguished academic, judicial officer, legal practitioner or such experience in other relevant fecal field


Under Article 156, the Attorney General
a. Is the principal legal adviser to the Government;
b. Shall represent the national government in court or in any other legal proceedings to which the national government is a party, other than criminal proceedings; and
c. Shall perform any other functions conferred on the office by an Act of Parliament or by the President.
– The Attorney-General shall have authority, with the leave of the court, to appear as a friend of the court (amicus curie) in any civil proceedings to which the Government is not a party.
– He is an ex-officio member of the National Assembly.
– He drafts all government bills.
– He is the head of the bar i.e. most senior lawyer
– He represents the state in all civil cases.
– He services the legal needs of other government department
– He is a member of the Judicial service Commission
– He sits in the Cabinet
– He is a member Of the Committee of the prerogative of mercy
– The Attorney-General shall promote, protect and uphold The rule of law and defend the public interest.
– The powers of the Attorney-General may be exercised in person or by subordinate officers acting in accordance with general or special instructions

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