2.1 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Solicitor-General is the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the Solicitor-General and he is the overall supervisor of the Deputy Government Solicitor General, Law Officers, State Attorneys and Legal Officers within the Office of the Solicitor general. The functions of the Solicitor-General are stated in the Instrument establishing his office, namely:-

  • Take and conduct civil litigation (including human rights and constitutional matters) and arbitration on behalf of the Government and for that purpose, direct Law Officers, State Attorneys and Legal Officers who conduct civil litigation or arbitration proceedings;
  • Coordinate civil litigation (including human rights and constitutional matters) in the courts of law and arbitrary tribunals on matters to which the Central Government, independent department executive agency or local government is a party or has interest;
  • Prepare and institute suits, claims in subordinate courts, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and arbitrary tribunals in that behalf;
  • Carry out the general supervision of Law Officers, State Attorneys and other officers or staff appointed, employed or designated for the Office of the Solicitor-General;
  • Administer legal functions performed by Law Officers, State Attorneys and other Officers or staff of the Office of the Solicitor-General;
  • Summon any public officer to give explanation, or information regarding any matter which is or likely to be the subject of civil litigation or arbitration;
  • Prepare and submit bi-annual report to the Minister and a copy to the Attorney-General on matters and duties discharged of functions performed by the Office of the Solicitor-General;
  • Intervene and take over at any stage civil proceedings, appeal, execution or any incidental proceedings before any court of law or arbitrary tribunal in which the Central Government, independent departments, agencies or a local government authorities have interest;
  • Link with the Regional Office of the Attorney General on civil cases anticipated or instituted in court against the Government in the respective region;
  • Issue directives to any public officer performing functions relating to civil litigation's in courts of law or arbitrarily tribunals; and
  • Appoint or employ and discipline Law Officers, State Attorneys and other officers or staff of the Office of the Solicitor-General.

The Deputy Government Solicitor General is the principal assistant to the Solicitor-General. The Deputy Solicitor-General is also the Accounting Officer and shall be responsible in managing day to day affairs and shall be a disciplinary authority of employees appointed or designated to carry duty within the Office of the Solicitor-General terms of this Order and laws governing the Public Service.