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Three more deputy solicitors general to be hired

Friday, May 19, 2017

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THE Attorney General's Chambers will be reorganised and expanded with the creation of three additional deputy solicitor general posts, moving from two to five. Each deputy solicitor general will head a specialist division and manage a number of the legal service units of the line ministries. Legal officers in those ministries and their departments and agencies will become part of the Chambers, although they will continue to be physically located in the ministries.

This was disclosed by Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte during her contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

“The intention is to give the legal officers within the ministries the authority to address certain matters without the need for them to refer to the Chambers as the head office. Standards and protocols will be put in place to ensure consistency and quality of legal advice,” she pointed out.

Malahoo Forte said the move will provide for greater focus on reducing the backlog of matters within the Chambers, facilitating speedier turnover of legal matters.

The reorganisation of the Attorney General's Chambers is in accordance with the Government's centralisation of the country's legal services.

This is to take place on a phased basis through the support of the Justice Undertaking for Social Transformation Programme (JUST Canada).

The attorney general further informed the House that funding has been secured from the Inter-American Development Bank for the remuneration of members of the project transition team.

The terms of reference for the members are being finalised with the Cabinet Office, and recruitment is to follow shortly thereafter.

— JIS

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