One part of the Attorney General's role is that of a Cabinet Minister. In this capacity the Minister isresponsible for representing the interests and perspectives of the Ministry at Cabinet, whilesimultaneously representing the interests and perspectives of Cabinet and consequently the Government tothe Ministry and the Ministry's communities of interest.There are various components of the Attorney General's role. The Attorney General has uniqueresponsibilities to the Crown, the courts, the Legislature and the executive branch of government. Whilethere are different emphases and nuances attached to these there is a general theme throughout all thevarious aspects of the Attorney General's responsibilities that the office has aconstitutional and
responsibility beyond that of a political minister.The role of chief law officer might be referred to as the Attorney General's overall responsibility as theindependent legal advisor to the Cabinet - and some have even suggested that the role possibly extends tothe Legislature as well. The importance of the independence of the role is fundamental to the position andwell established
in common law, statutes and tradition.
As chief law officer, the Attorney General hasa special responsibilityto be the guardian of
that most elusive concept
- the rule of law.The rule of lawis a well established legal principle,
but hard to easily define.
It is the rule of law that protects individuals, and society as a whole,
from arbitrary measures and safeguards personal liberties.Clear separation of powers?Guardian of the public interest conflict of interest?Rule of Law legal Certainty?The Attorney General has
a special role
to play in advising Cabinet
the rule of lawis maintained and that Cabinet actions
are legally and constitutionally valid.
Rule of Lawhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_lawThe Rule of law in its most basic form is no one is above the law.Perhaps the most important application of the rule of law is the principle that governmental authority islegitimately exercised only in accordance with,