The Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs is led by The Honourable Faris Al-Rawi, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Senator the Honourable Renuka Sagramsingh- Sooklal, Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs.
The Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs – The Honourable Faris Al-Rawi, M.P.
Mr. Faris Al-Rawi was appointed as the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs on September 9, 2015.
Mr. Al-Rawi first entered the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago in June 2010 as an Opposition Senator and served as the Public Relations Officer of the Peoples’ National Movement for two (2) consecutive terms.
Prior to his appointment as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Mr. Al-Rawi was heavily involved in areas of corporate commercial law, civil litigation, industrial relations, intellectual property, mortgaging and conveyancing law and securities.
Mr. Al-Rawi was admitted to practice law in Trinidad and Tobago in 1996. He holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of the West Indies and Masters of Law in Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Alternative Dispute Resolution from King’s College London, University of London. He also holds a Certificate of Legal Education from the Hugh Wooding Law School.
Mr. Al-Rawi is a polyglot conversant in English, Arabic, Spanish and French and a very strong supporter of various charities, in particular, the Scout movement and of the Trinidad and Tobago Karate Association of which he is a member and past instructor.
To date, AG Al-Rawi has debated over ninety (90) Bills in the House of Representatives from 2015 to present that range from the most recent The Interception of Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to the Whistle Blower Protection Bill 2015.
Senator the Honourable Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal is an Attorney-at- law with a BA (Hons) in History from the University of the West Indies and a Bachelor of Law (Hons) (LLB) from the University of London. In 2012 she was also awarded a Legal Education Certificate by the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago.
As a practitioner, Senator Sagramsingh-Sooklal has served as both Advocate and Instructing Attorney on a diverse array of matters that range from Family Law, Land Law and Employment Law to Criminal Law and Conveyancing. Senator Sagramsingh-Sooklal also managed a burgeoning Immigration portfolio, which involved advising on and processing work permit applications and related issues for expatriate employees of local and foreign companies.
At an early age, Senator Sagramsingh-Sooklal displayed a love for people and service which blossomed through her membership with the La Pastora Action Group where she wrote and directed skits, organized Emancipation and Divali programmes and for more than eight (8) years narrated the LPAG Ramleela celebrations.
Senator Sagramsingh-Sooklal enjoys empowering others, spending time with family and friends, baking and decorating cupcakes, listening to music and exploring the outdoors.
On August 19, 2020 Senator the Honourable Renuka Sagramsingh- Sooklal was appointed Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs where she joins, in duty, the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Honourable Faris Al-Rawi.
OUR SERVICE COMMITMENT
The Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs will provide responsive, timely and confidential service with integrity and passion for excellence in order to meet or exceed stakeholders’ expectations.
OUR CORE VALUES
- INTEGRITY: Honesty, ethical behaviour, commitment and equity
- PROFESSIONALISM: Discipline, courtesy, technical competence and timeliness
- CONFIDENTIALITY: Mutual respect, trust, privacy and security
- CUSTOMER-FOCUSED: Empathy, compassion and customer satisfaction
- RESULTS-ORIENTED: On-time delivery, punctuality and reliability
- Appointment to Quasi-Judicial Bodies
- Construction of Court facilities for the Judiciary
- Law Reform
- Legislative Agenda
- Office of the Chief State Solicitor
- – Administrator General
- – Conveyancing
- – Custodian of Enemy Property
- – Government Contracts
- – Legal Service
- – Provisional Liquidator
- – Provisional Receiver
- – Public Trustee/Official Receiver
- Office of the Solicitor General
- – Civil Litigation
- – Commissioners of Affidavits
- – Justices of the Peace
- – Legal Advice to the Government
- – Liquor Licenses
- – Marriage Licenses
- Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel – Legislative Drafting
- Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
- Law Revision
- Legal Service Complaints
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Constitution Reform
- Registrar General
- – Civil Registry
- – Companies Registry
- – Land Registry
- – Rent Restriction
- Intellectual Property – Copyright and Related Rights
- – Trademarks – Industrial Property
- Criminal Justice System
- – Reform and transformation
- – Quicker Justice Initiative Programme