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The Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department is essentially a professional and service Ministry providing professional legal services to all MDAs, MMDAs, other Agencies of the State requiring such services and the public as a whole.


The Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department consists of the following departments and agencies:


• The Legal Service i.e. the Attorney-General’s Department. This is made up of three divisions namely: the Civil, the Legislative Drafting and the Prosecutions Divisions.
• Registrar-General’s Department
• Copyright Office
• Economic and Organised Crime Office
• Law Reform Commission
• Council for Law Reporting
• Legal Aid Scheme
• Ghana School of Law

1.0 THE LEGAL SERVICE (THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT)
1.1 Legislative Drafting Division


The Legislative Drafting Division is responsible for drafting substantive and subsidiary legislation for the Government. In addition, the Division provides advice to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government on proposed legislation and performs a role similar to that of Parliamentary Counsel by assisting Parliament in its legislative functions.  The Division also works closely with the Ghana Publishing Company Limited to ensure that legislation prepared by the Division is published in the Gazette and also made available for consideration by Parliament.

THE PROSECUTION DIVISION
The Prosecution Division principally assists the Attorney General in carrying out the constitutional duty of initiating and conducting criminal prosecutions.  In practice, it is the Director of Public Prosecutions who is responsible for the Attorneys in this Division and supervises criminal prosecutions.

THE CIVIL DIVISION

The Civil Division initiates and conducts civil action on behalf of the state and also defends the state in all civil matters initiated against the state. The division also reviews and advise Ministries, Departments and Agencies on agreements they intend to engage in. It also represents the state in international arbitrations.

REGISTRAR- GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT
The Registrar-General’s Department continued to carry out its mandate in line with its mission and vision.


3.1 Activities


The main activities of the Registrar –General’s Department include, but are not limited to the following;


• Administration of Estates
• Registration of businesses.
• Registration of Industrial Property Rights.
• Marriages Registration.
• Official Liquidation of companies


LAW REFORM COMMISSION

The Law Reform Commission (LRC) is responsible for the systematic development and reform of the law. In this regard, its responsibilities include the modification of the law and the elimination of anomalies in our laws, among several others.  In accordance with its mandate the LRC has contributed immensely towards the development of our law.

COUNCIL FOR LAW REPORTING

The Council for Law Reporting is charged with the Statutory responsibility for the preparation and publication of The Ghana Law Reports (GLR) containing the judgments, rulings and opinions of the superior courts in the country and the Review of Ghana Law (RGL). The RGL contains well researched and learned articles, comments, and critiques of both the academic and practical aspects of the law.  The publication also examines the policy justifications of legislation and some judgments of the courts, subjecting them to critical analysis with a view to developing the law in the light of the changing social, economic and political life and conditions in Ghana.

The publications of the council are therefore prerequisites for the effective functioning of the Judiciary, the Bar and all the administrative and traditional tribunals in the country and the legal profession, generally.

COPYRIGHT OFFICE
6.1 Awareness Creation/Public Education
The Copyright Office in keeping with its mandate undertook a number of activities to sensitise and educate the general public of the copyright laws. It also undertook anti- piracy exercises.
The Office continues to provide advisory services to various associations, institutions in the copyright industries, and members of the general public who contact the office daily to make enquiries on the copyright system.

ECONOMIC AND ORGNISED CRIME OFFICE (EOCO)
The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) continues to play a pivotal role in the fight against organised crime by being proactive in the detection, prevention and facilitation of the confiscation of proceeds of crime as provided for by the Economic and Organised Crime Office Act, 2010 (Act 804).

LEGAL AID SCHEME
The current Legal Aid Scheme Act, 1997 (Act 542) was enacted pursuant to Article 294 the 1992 constitution. The Scheme is established to provide legal services to the indigent.
 The Scheme also undertakes the following activities:
• Provides legal advice upon request
• Assists applicants to resolve their dispute without litigation
• Provides legal representation upon satisfaction that the applicant qualifies for it in both criminal and civil matters
• Creates awareness about its existence and activities
• Undertakes public education on rights and responsibilities of citizens to minimize infractions of the law and litigation


THE GHANA SCHOOL OF LAW

As part of the school’s objective to expand it set up two new campuses at GIMPA (Legon Campus) and the Kumasi Campus in addition to the Accra main campus. This has helped to increase enrolment significantly from around 230 students to 603 students in 2013.

I. Accra Main Campus
 Professional Law Course Part I            -136
 Professional Law Course Part II           -112
 Post call Law Course                            -34

II. Greenhill – Legon Campus
 Professional Law Course Part I             -58
 Professional Law Course Part II            -78

III. Kumasi Campus

 Professional Law Course Part I             -58
 Professional Law Course Part II            -63

Total                                                     -603