The ministry of Justice has been mandated with both Constitutional and General judiciary functions. The Constitutional functions of the Ministry include public prosecutions of violators. It is tasked with the responsibility of the conduct of criminal trials to observe due process to the rule of law. It sees to the welfare of prisoners and persons waiting trails. The Attorney General gives advises to the Governor of the State in the exercise of his Prerogative of Mercy.
The Justice ministry has been obligated with a lot of tasks and responsibilities to bring cases before the judiciary that are initiated or assumed by the state government.
It undertakes several duties which include:
• Legal Advice to Government;
• Drafting of Bills for transmission to the House of Assembly
• The Revision of the Statute Law of the State as well as Criminal Law Policy and Civil Law Policy
The ministry is also posed with the responsibility to carry out several civil proceedings by or against the government including criminal proceedings. It also handles the Administration of Justice (excluding the discharge by the Courts of their judicial functions and the Administration of Estate and Public Trusts. The ministry of Justice also deals with the Drafting of Agreement between Governments and other persons or bodies and libraries.
The Ministry has departments that help in administering the Estate of the Deceased, which include Administrator-General and Public Trustee. The bodies of Laws of the State are collated by the Ministry for publication into volumes so as to make for ease of reference.
In the discharge of its functions, the Ministry is guided by:
(a) The philosophy that law is an engine of social integration and the harnessing for the development of the State, its rich natural resources associated with its diverse ethnic peculiarities
(b) The need for good governance in the State founded upon the principles of just rule of Law.