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The Civil Division was formed in 1996 when work in the Attorney General’s Chambers was formally divided into the 5 divisions known today. Datin Paduka Magdalene Chong was the Head of the Civil Division since its inception. As of 11th April 2011, Dayang Hajah Rahayu binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Razak was appointed as her successor.
B. SCOPE OF WORK
The duties and responsibilities of the Civil Division include:• Providing legal advice, when requested, to Ministries, Government departments and statutory bodies;• Representing the Attorney General in meetings with Ministries, departments, statutory bodies, committees, boards of inquiries, taskforces, etc;• Drafting and vetting contracts and other legal documentation;• Conducting and managing civil litigation and arbitration on behalf of the Government;• Representing the Attorney General in matters and proceedings under the Legal Profession Act [Cap 132];• Providing advisory services with respect to legislations and law reform project;• Performing company secretarial in Government Linked Companies (GLC);• Negotiating and drafting international treaties and agreements (e.g. DTAs, BITs) and Memorandum of Understandings, (in addition to those handled by the International Affairs Division); and• Conducting talks and presentations to Ministries, departments and statutory bodies.
Mission of the Civil Division
To Provide Quality Legal Advice and Representation For Government Ministries Departments and Agencies
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