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  • Dr Schwartz the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice meeting with the professional and administrative staff of the Law Officers’ Department

  • Dr Schwartz the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice meeting with the professional and administrative staff of the Law Officers’ Department

  • Dr Schwartz the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice meeting with the professional and administrative staff of the Law Officers’ Department

  • Dr Schwartz the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice meeting with the professional and administrative staff of the Law Officers’ Department

  • PRESIDENT OF SIERRA LEONE

Welcome to Our Official Portal

Welcome to the Official website of the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, the Government of Sierra Leone Law Firm. It has long been a desire to have a website that will educate the public of the way business is conducted at the Ministry. It is hoped that the website will provide the much needed information on the operation of the Ministry as envisaged by the public. Thanks to the support of our social partners particularly DFID, ASJP and all those who worked relentlessly in making this dream a reality.

Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice (MOJ)

The office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice constitutes on a broader basis two main divisions namely: the Law Officers’ Department as the professional wing and the Administrative wing that provides Management support services to all divisions and in the regional offices. The Justice Sector Coordinating Office (JSCO), the Legal Aid Board, the Sierra Leone Law School, the Law Reform Commission etc. are Statutory bodies under the tutelage of the Ministry of Justice and they enjoy enormous administrative independence from the Attorney General and Minister of Justice albeit the Attorney General can supervise and control them in accordance with the Government policy of the day. Constitutionally, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice (AGMJ) is the Principal Legal Adviser to the Government and in whom all suits against the State can lie. This implies that the AGMJ conducts on behalf of the State all criminal and civil matters. As adviser, he/she gives opinion to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government as and requested. In the day to day operations of the above functions, the Solicitor General acts as the principal assistant whilst the Permanent Secretary serves as the Vote Controller and provides management support services.

Our Mandate:

“A Government of Sierra Leone law firm existing to provide effective, efficient and impartial service delivery to achieve justice for all in Sierra Leone”.

The Law Officers Department (LOD)

Historical Background :

The Law Officers Department falls within the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), which is headed by the Minister of Justice who is also the Attorney General, the Chief Legal Adviser to the government. The Attorney-General has been a member of cabinet since 1971 but the title of Minister of Justice was only appended in 1978 with the move to a one-party state.  Other key positions in the Ministry include the Deputy Minister of Justice, the Solicitor General who is the Principal Assistant to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and the Director of Public Prosecutions who heads the Prosecutions Division.  Historically, the position of Deputy Minister of Justice has largely depended on the government of the day, so that there have been times when the position did not exist.  The Minister of Justice is a member of the cabinet but as Attorney General, he is not subject to cabinet control. The LOD is usually referred to as the Government’s Law Firm and is the largest of the departments, which make up the Ministry of Justice. The Law Officers’ department is divided into the following divisions:

1) The Criminal Prosecutions Division with the Director of Public Prosecutions as its head.

2) The Parliamentary Division with First Parliamentary Counsel as its head.

3) The Civil and Commercial Division including the Constitutional and International Law unit.

Functions of the LOD

The LOD performs a number of key functions including but not limited to:

    • Giving legal advice to the government and taking responsibility for all legal matters in which the state has an interest,
    • Drafting legislation on behalf of the government,
    • Prosecution of criminal matters for and on behalf of the state.

 

 

 
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