Attorney-General of Belize

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The Attorney-General of Belize is a cabinet-level official who acts as the principal legal adviser to the government of Belize.[1]


The position of AG is outlined in Section 42 of the Constitution of Belize, which requires that the AG have been qualified for at least five years to practice as an advocate in a court of unlimited jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Nations or the Republic of Ireland. Civil proceedings for and against the State are taken in the name of the Attorney General.[1]

Prior to 2010, the constitution also required that the AG be a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate of Belize. As part of the Belize Constitution (Seventh Amendment) Bill, the government proposed to remove this restriction; the same bill also proposed to replace the right of appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice, and to allow dual citizens to become members of Parliament.[2] The thinking behind this amendment was that an unelected AG could avoid becoming embroiled in partisan politics.[3]

Then-AG Wilfred Elrington, who concurrently held the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Foreign Trade, justified the proposed changes by pointing out that he was already overworked due to his three positions, and that changing the requirement would allow the PM to tap the best talent from the private sector to become AG. However, in the House, Mark Espat (PUP) criticised the bill as creating a special privilege for lawyers to get around the ordinary electoral process on their way to the Cabinet, while Said Musa stated that the change should be unnecessary given that the PM already had the power to appoint a 13th member to the Senate; despite these concerns, the bill passed the House (though with the dual-citizenship MP provisions stripped out.[4][5] In the Senate, Henry Gordon and Godwin Hulse expressed concern over this change, but the bill passed the Senate as well by a vote of eight-to-two with two abstentions.[2][6]

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  12. ^ "Attorney General holds legal summit". News 5 Belize. 16 November 1999. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Prime Minister repositions Ministers". San Pedro Sun. 15 January 2004. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
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  15. ^ a b "B.Q. who no longer; AG Elrington resumes post". News 5 Belize. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
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