The office of the Attorney General has been in existence for more than two hundred and thirty-seven (237), years and is continually being developed as time progresses. It is said that this unique office stands astride the intersecting spheres of Government and Parliament, the Courts and the Executive, the Independent Bar and the Public Prosecutors, the State and the Citizenry at large. High quality legal and constitutional advice is increasingly important in the policy making process.
In 1979, upon gaining Independence, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' Constitution stipulated in sec. 63, that the Attorney General is the principal legal adviser to the Government. He/she gives legal advice to the Prime Minister and his Cabinet who seek to govern the state lawfully and competently. In discharging the responsibilities of the office of the Attorney General, the principles of fairness and independence are always upheld.
The strength of the Attorney General lies in the singular position of being a Senior Public Officer, who is obliged to act independently and in the interest of the general public. The role of the Office is not widely recognised outside of the Government and the legal profession and there are few sources of external reference. The Attorney General also oversees the functioning of the Registry of the High Court and the Commerce and Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).