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A revised role for the Attorney General?

Perspective

Sunday, September 27th, 2020 - 52 minutes

What does the Attorney General do? Who is he accountable to? How is his work scrutinised? Should his role be split? Or the responsibilities reallocated? And could we soon see a Minister of Justice on the Isle of Man?

These are all themes that were discussed in a public oral evidence session of a Tynwald committee this week.

The current Attorney General - Mr John Quinn QC - appeared before the Constitutional and Legal Affairs and Justice Committee.

That's made up of Jane Poole-Wilson MLC, who is chair, plus MHKs Lawrie Hooper and Chris Robertshaw, and the Clerk of Tynwald, Roger Phillips.

The panel last met with the Attorney General in November last year, to discuss the role, the workload, and what it could look like in the future.

This time round, Mrs Poole-Wilson wanted to start with the matter of scrutiny of the role of Attorney General here.

And specifically, how far his personal work or personal advice ought to be scrutinised.