Vanuatu Consolidated Legislation - 1988
Commencement: 29 July 1980
LAWS OF THE REPUBLIC OF VANUATU
REVISED EDITION 1988
JR 25 of 1980
Act 21 of 1984
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1. Establishment of offices
2. Appointment of Attorney General
4. Superintendence over legal practitioners
5. Law Officers not entitled to private practice
7. Minister's powers to make regulations
To provide for the office of Attorney General, Solicitor General and Legal Officers.
ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICES
(2) The Attorney General shall exercise such functions and perform such duties as may from time to time be conferred upon him by law.
(3) The Attorney General shall represent Vanuatu in all civil proceedings in the courts and shall on behalf of Vanuatu exercise any of her rights, prerogatives, privileges or functions before any court.
(4) The Attorney General shall participate in all meetings and deliberations of the Council of Ministers but shall have no vote.
APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
(2) No person shall be qualified to hold or to act in the office of Attorney General unless he is admitted to practice in Vanuatu as a legal practitioner.
(3) Subject to subsection (4) the Solicitor General and Legal Officers shall be appointed by the Judicial Service Commission.
(4) When the Attorney General considers the circumstances so require he may appoint a person to be Solicitor General or Legal Officer for a period fixed in the instrument of appointment.
RIGHTS OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, SOLICITOR GENERAL AND LEGAL OFFICERS
SUPERINTENDENCE OVER LEGAL PRACTITIONERS
LAW OFFICERS NOT ENTITLED TO PRIVATE PRACTICE
5. (1) The Attorney General shall not be entitled to private practice of any kind.
(2) The Attorney General may grant written permission to a private practitioner temporarily appointed to act as Attorney General to carry on private practice subject to such conditions as he may consider fit to impose, and may at any time cancel such permission, or vary or add to the conditions.
EXERCISE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S FUNCTIONS AND POWERS
(a) the office of the Attorney General is vacant; or
(b) the Attorney General is unable to act owing to absence or illness; or
(c) the Attorney General authorises the Solicitor General to act in any particular case.
(3) During any period when the office of Attorney General is vacant, any certificate, petition, direction, notice, proceeding or other document, matter or thing whatsoever authorised or required by any enactment to be given, delivered, served, taken or done to, on or against the Attorney General, may be given, delivered, served, taken or done to, on, or against the Solicitor General.
MINISTER'S POWER TO MAKE REGULATIONS