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Article 156. Attorney General

(1) There is established the office of Attorney-General.

(2) The Attorney-General shall be nominated by the President and, with the approval of the National Assembly, appointed by the President.

(3) The qualifications for appointment as Attorney-General are the same as for appointment to the office of Chief Justice.

(4) The Attorney-General–

  • (a) is the principal legal adviser to the Government;
  • (b) shall represent the national government in court or in any other legal proceedings to which the national government is a party, other than criminal proceedings; and
  • (c) shall perform any other functions conferred on the office by an Act of Parliament or by the President.

(5) The Attorney-General shall have authority, with the leave of the court, to appear as a friend of the court in any civil proceedings to which the Government is not a party.

(6) The Attorney-General shall promote, protect and uphold the rule of law and defend the public interest.

(7) The powers of the Attorney-General may be exercised in person or by subordinate officers acting in accordance with general or special instructions.