's chief governmental legal officer is the Attorney General.
According to the Constitution of Fiji
, the Attorney-General is required to be a qualified lawyer
and sits in the Cabinet
. The office of the Attorney-General is the oldest surviving executive office in Fiji, having been established in the Kingdom of Viti
in 1872. It continued throughout Fiji's years as a British crown colony
(1874–1970) and subsequently as a Commonwealth realm
(1970–1987) and republic
(1987–present), with minimal modifications.
The Attorney-General is the only Cabinet office, apart from that of the Prime Minister
, specifically established by the Constitution. The Attorney-General must be a member of either the House of Representatives
or the Senate
. A unique feature of the office is that except for voting rights (which may be exercised only in the chamber of which the Attorney-General is officially a member), the Attorney-General has the authority to participate in the business of both chambers of Parliament
. The office is normally held by the Minister for Justice
, although they are distinct offices. Like other members of the Cabinet, the Attorney-General is appointed by the President
on the advice of the Prime Minister.
The Attorney-General's office
The office of the Attorney-General is responsible for all legal needs of government departments, statutory bodies, and state-owned enterprises. The office has three offices in Suva
, and Labasa
respectively. Government... Read More