Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago

According to the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago, the supreme law of the nation, the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago is the primary legal advisor to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.[2]

Minister of Legal Affairs and
Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago
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Faris Al-Rawi

since September 9, 2015
Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
Reports to
on the advice of the prime minister
Term lengthAt the pleasure of the President
Inaugural holderArchibald Gloster
SalaryTT$ 492360 (2019) annually[1]

Roles and functionEdit

The Attorney General is a member of the Government and has two separate constitutional roles, a governmental role, in which he acts as a Member of Government in the performance of his duties, and a role as the guardian of the public interest, when he acts independently in a quasi-judicial capacity.

The provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago require the Attorney General to be responsible for the administration of legal affairs within the country. Legal proceedings for and against the State must be taken in the name of the Attorney General (in the case of civil proceedings) and in the name of the State (in the case of criminal proceedings).

The Attorney General has responsibility for the following departments:

    • Wholly Owned Enterprises
    • Appointment to Quasi Judicial Bodies
    • Law Reform
  • Office of the Solicitor General
    • Civil Litigation
    • Legal Advice to the Government
  • Office of Chief State Solicitor
    • Administrator General
    • Provisional Liquidator
    • Provisional Receiver
    • Public Trustee/Official Receiver
  • Office of Chief Parliamentary Counsel
    • Legislative Drafting
  • Statutory Boards and other Bodies
    • Corruption Investigation Bureau
    • Anti-Corruption Squad
    • Council of Legal Education
    • Environmental Commission
    • Equal Opportunity Commission
    • Equal Opportunity Tribunal
    • Hugh Wooding Law School
    • Industrial Court
    • Law Reform Commission
    • Tax Appeal Board

List of attorneys-generalEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Numbered-Draft-Estimates-Statutory-Boards-2019.pdf" (PDF). Ministry of Finance. Ministry of Finance. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Roles and Functions". Ministry of the Attornry General. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  3. ^ Fraser, Lionel. History of Trinidad from 1781-1839 and 1891-1896. p. 21.
  4. ^ Fraser, Lionel. History of Trinidad from 1781-1839 and 1891-1896. p. 220.
  5. ^ The Royal Kalendar and Court and City Register for England, Scotland, Ireland and Colonies, 1840. p. 405.
  6. ^ a b Brereton, Bridget. Race Relations in Colonial Trinidad 1870-1900. p. 54.
  7. ^ "Ludlow Family" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  8. ^ "No. 27603". The London Gazette. 6 October 1903. p. 6087.
  9. ^ Garvey, Marcus. The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers. p. 215.
  10. ^ "Seychelles Chief Justice and the First Coup d'état". 1943-01-01. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  11. ^ "History of the Credit Union Movement | The Co-operative Credit Union League of Trinidad & Tobago". Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  12. ^ Lentz, Harris. Heads of States and Governments Since 1945. p. 758.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Past Attorneys General". Ministry of the Attornry General. Archived from the original on 16 May 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2015.