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Office Bill, 2010
September 10, 2010
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OFFICE BILL, 2010
purpose of this Bill is to establish the Attorney-General’s
Office Board ("the Board"), to constitute the Attorney-General’s
Office as a service outside the Public Service, and to provide for
the administration of the Office and conditions of service of its
members. In more detail the Parts of the Bill provide as follows—
Clause 1 sets out the Bill’s short title and provides
for the date of its commencement if it becomes an Act.
2 contains definitions of terms used throughout the Bill.
Clause 3 provides for the constitution of the Attorney-General’s
Clause 4 provides for the establishment and composition of the Attorney-General's
Clause 5 sets out the functions of the Board.
Clause 6 encourages the Board to devolve its decision-making powers
to a Director.
Clause 7 empowers the Minister to make annual and other reports
Clause 8 empowers the Attorney-General to give policy directions
on matters of policy to the Board.
Clause 9 provides for the establishment of a Department of Administration
under the Attorney-General’s Office.
Clause 10 provides (in addition to the department under clause 9)
for the establishment of other departments of administration.
Clause 11 empowers members of the Board to engage persons under
contract as members of the Office.
Clause 12 provides that members of the Attorney-General's Office
engaged otherwise than on contract must undergo a probationary period
of not less than six and not more than twelve months.
Clause 13 provides for the Board to fix the conditions of service
of members of the Attorney-General's Office.
Clause 14 provides for the Board to engage in regular consultations
on conditions of service with associations or organisations representing
members of the Attorney-General's Office and recognised by the Minister
responsible for labour.
This Part provides an outline for the procedure to be followed
in connection with the discipline of members of the Attorney General’s
Clause 18 provides for the funds of the Attorney-General's
Office. The investment of moneys not immediately required by the
Office, the accounts of the Office and the audit by an internal
auditor are provided for in clauses 19, 20 and 21.
Clause 22 applies to the State Liabilities Act [Chapter 8:14]
in relation to legal proceedings against the Attorney-General's
Clause 23 deals with the transfer of pensions benefits of members
of the Attorney General’s Office payable from the Consolidated
Clause 24 empowers the Board, after consultation with the Attorney-General,
to make regulations providing for the conditions of service of members
of the Attorney-General's Office.
Clause 26 as read with the Second Schedule amends Acts whose provisions
will be affected by this Bill and
Clause 27 contains transitional provisions.
BY THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Act to establish the Attorney General’s Office Board and to
provide for its functions; to constitute the Attorney-General's
Office and to provide for its administration and the conditions
of service of its members; to provide for the transfer of persons
from the Public Service to the Attorney General’s Office;
to make consequential amendments to various Acts; and to provide
for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
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