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ABOUT AGLA

OUR LEADERS

The Ministry is led by The Honourable Faris Al-Rawi, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Minister in the Ministry of The Attorney General and Legal Affairs, the Honourable Fitzgerald E. Hinds.

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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.

Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, The Honourable Fitzgerald E. Hinds

Fitzgerald Ethelbert Hinds was first elected to the House of Representatives under the banner of the People’s National Movement in 1995, and served for 12 years as the Member of Parliament for the Constituency of Laventille East/Morvant.

Born in 1956, a young Fitzgerald Hinds answered his first call to serve in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service in 1976. By 1981, he was appointed a training instructor, schooling recruits in the art of weapons and the martial arts.  He took his fascination with the law and the dispensation of justice to the Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London in 1988 where he earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree.  In 1992, he obtained a Master of Laws Degree, specialising in Government and Constitution, and the Legal Education Certification from the Hugh Wooding Law School in 1995.

Mr. Hinds served in Opposition between 1995 and 2001. From 2001 to 2002, he served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Administration and Information and subsequently served as a Government member until 2004.  During the 8th Republican Parliament, he was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and also in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

When the PNM went into opposition in 2010. Mr. Hinds was appointed an Opposition Senator in the 10tbh Parliament, and up until 2013, was a strong and eloquent champion of the people’s interest in the Senate.

A deep caring for the disadvantaged drew from his sterling contributions to the Constitution Amendment Bill, the Equal Opportunities Bill, the Immigration Amendment Bill and the Homes for Older Persons Bill.

Following the PNM’s victory in the September 2015 elections. Mr. Hinds was re-elected to the House of Representatives as the Member of Parliament.  He was then appointed to the position of the Minister of Works and Transport.  In November 2016, he assumed the role of Minister of Public Utilities.

There, in July 2017 he was appointed Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs.

To date Minister Hinds has debated over 40 Bills that range from the most recent The Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill, 2019 to the Appropriations (Financial Year – 2016) Bill, 2015.

OUR SERVICE COMMITMENT

The Ministry of Attorney General and 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
OUR RESPONSIBILITIES
  • 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