Attorney General of Jamaica

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Attorney General of Jamaica is the chief law officer in Jamaica.

Section 79(1) of the Constitution of Jamaica states that "there shall be an Attorney General who shall be the principal legal adviser to the Government of Jamaica" and pursuant to the Crown Proceedings Act all civil proceedings by or against the Government are instituted in the name of the Attorney General.[1]


List of Attorneys General of Jamaica[edit]

Main Source: [2]
  • Edmund Ducke 1671
  • Sir Richard Dereham 1688
  • Simon Musgrave 1686–1691
  • William Brodrick 1693
  • Thomas Barrow 1698
  • Edward Haskins 1703
  • Robert Hotchkyn 1707[3]
  • William Brodrick 1711–1715
  • Edmund Kelly 1719
  • William Monk 1724
  • Alexander Henderson 1732
  • Thomas Howe 1732
  • Matthew Cocanen 1732–1744
  • Andrew Arcedeckne 1734
  • Thomas Hill 1744
  • Robert Penny 1744–1749
  • Henry Morgan Byndloss 1754
  • Richard Beckford 1755
  • Gilbert Ford 1760
  • Edward penny 1760
  • Thomas Gordon 1766
  • Thomas Beach 1766
  • Thomas Harrison 1769
  • Robert Sewell, 1784
  • George Crawford Ricketts 1796
  • William Ross 1802
  • Thomas Witter Jackson (1808-1818)
  • William Burge (1818–1829)
  • Hugo James 1829
  • Fitzherbert Batty 1832
  • Dowell O' Reilly (1833–1855)
  • Alexander Heslop 1857 [4] (1855–?)
  • E. A. 0. Schalch 1872
  • G. H. Bame 1876
  • E. L. O'Mally 1877
  • Sir Henry Hicks Hooking 1881
  • (Sir) Henry Rawlins Pipon Sohooles 1896
  • Thomas Bancroft Oughton 1906
  • Ernest St. John Branch 1910
  • Leslie Cundall
  • Victor B. Grant (1962-1972
  • Carl Rattray (1989–1993)
  • Arnold Joseph Nicholson (2002–2007)
  • Dorothy Lightbourne (2007–2011)
  • Ransford Braham (2011–2012)[5]
  • Patrick Atkinson, Q.C. (2012–present) [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Attorney General Chambers accessed 26 December 2008
  2. ^ "Historic Jamaica". Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  3. ^ Place Names, National Library of Jamaica, accessed 26 December 2008
  4. ^ The Legal Observer, and Solicitors' Journal, Saturday 15 November 1855
  5. ^ "Braham new attorney general". Jamaican Observer. 
  6. ^ "Atkinson Promises Fairness". Go-Jamaican.