The Divisions of the AGC
In 1976 various functional Divisions were created in the Chambers to create expertise in specific areas and to provide a framework for the more effective supervision and management of diversified subject matters falling within the province of the Attorney General. A Ministry paper was prepared and approved in relation to this restructuring of the Chambers. It is said that the intention was to allow attorneys to move from division to division to broaden their areas of expertise.
Upon independence Jamaica became responsible for its international relations. At first, international affairs were addressed by the seconding of attorneys from the Chambers to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This system did not work well and was eventually discontinued. International affairs are now addressed by the International Law Division in the Chambers and attorneys at the Ministry of Foreign affairs.
Since Independence, the Attorney General’s Chambers has operated from the following locations:
- 1962 - 1976: The top floor of what is now solely the Supreme Court building (in the area now occupied by the library and Court 9). During this time the Crown Solicitor’s office was located at various locations including Barry Street, King Street and East Street.
- 1976 - 2001: The Mutual Life Building at 79 Barry Street.
- 2001 - Present: The Mutual Life Building (North Tower) 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5 (renamed the NCB Towers in 2004).