The Attorney General’s role in civil matters is as vital as his role in criminal matters. In particular, the Attorney General’s opinion is sought and approval is obtained by all Government bodies, including Government Departments, Statutory Boards and Public Corporations, prior to entering in to major Trade, Investment, Loan Agreements either local or international. As such the Attorney General is empowered to advise the Government in all such legal matters which are civil in nature and shall also appear on behalf of the Government and/or such Government bodies including Government Departments, Statutory Boards and Public Corporations, in any Court or Tribunal, including Arbitral Tribunals.
Most importantly, in civil matters, all actions by or against the State are filled by or against the Attorney General. However it is noteworthy that section 461 of the Civil Procedure Code requires one moth’s prior notice of an action being filed against Attorney-General, a Minister, Secretary or a public officer, in order to facilitate the resolution of a justifiable claim without having to resort to litigation.