Describe the role of the office of the Attorney General in the prosecution of criminal offences

  • Under section 26(3) and 4 of the Constitution the Attorney General is empowered to;
  • Institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court other than a court martial for any alleged offense.
  • Take over and continue any criminal proceeding instituted and undertaken by any other person or authority.
  • Discontinue at any state before judgment is delivered any criminal proceedings instituted or undertaken by himself or any other person or body.
  • Order the commissioner of police to investigate any alleged or suspected criminal act. The commissioner must oblige and report to the Attorney General.
  • The Attorney General is the public
  • He is the only amicus curie.

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