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Legal & administrative assistance

The Department of Justice is responsible for ensuring that the common law and statutory powers of the Attorney General are exercised in accordance with the law.

The business area within the Department which leads this function is Justice Legal.

In this section, you will find information on:

  • the role of the Attorney General as the  Protector of Charities
  • applying for compensation in criminal cases and ex-gratia payments
  • applying for Crown representation, immunity from prosecution, legal assistance for witnesses and approval for Senior Counsel
  • the review and annulment of convictions under the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001
  • the procedures for taking foreign evidence
  • what is meant by vexatious proceedings.