Civil Litigation

MANDATE

The department of Civil Litigation and International Law is mandated to provide legal services to Government in all areas of public and private law, administrative law, constitutional law, public international law and private international law.

MISSION

To provide legal services to Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and The Gambia's overseas mission with an emphasis on the adherence to Rule of Law, Good Governance and Justice for all.

VISION

The department of civil litigation and international is headed by the Director of Civil Litigation who is deputized by the Deputy Director of Civil Litigation.The Department further consists of Principal State Counsels, Senior State Counsels and State counsels, in this order.

GENERAL FUNCTIONS

Representing Government in all civil matters at the Magistrates Courts, High Courts, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Defending Government Suing on behalf of Government Recovery of debts owned to Government Negotiating out of courts settlements on behalf of Government Negotiation and Mediation on behalf of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies Drafting and vetting of contracts and Memorandum of understanding for Governments Ministries, Departments and Agencies Proffering legal advice to Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies

INTERNATIONAL LAW FUNCTIONS

Vetting of International agreements between The Gambia and other Nations Proffering advice to Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and the Gambia's Oversees Missions on matters relating to international law Ratification of International Agreements Ensuring that all Treaties entered into by The Gambia are deposited and Registered in the Ministry accordance with the Constitution of The Gambia Ensuring observance of The Gambia's treaty obligations. Responding to communications from the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) and the African Commission on Human and People's Right (ACHPR) on allegations of violations of humans rights, and other International Organization in general. Coordinating The Gambia's defense internationally in arbitation cases before Arbitral Tribunals as well as representing The Gambia at ECOWAS Community Court.

The Attorney General's Chamber, exists to entrench at the core of the body politic and abiding respect for the Rule of Law and a constant observance of human Rights, to ensure equality of access to Justice and treatment before the Law for all citizens, to promote by law social justice to facilitate the operations of a fair, efficient and transparent legal system and to propagate a culture of due process and legality for these purposes. The Ministry acts as the defender of the constitutional order, the guarantor of the rights and liberties of the citizens, the protector of the state legal interest, the enforcer of the criminal laws, the developer of the human resources of the legal sector and the championing of the rule of law.