Law and Regulation Directorate
The Attorney General is the Government’s senior law officer with a role enshrined in the Constitution. The Attorney General leads the Law and Regulation Directorate which comprises four service areas, each with its own head of service reporting directly to him. Government Legal Services (GLS) forms one of these service areas.
Law and Regulation Directorate Structure
Of these four service areas:-
The Regulation team regulates Civil Aviation (eg, the LATAM flights, the operations of FIGAS and the various landing strips) and Telecommunications – the relationship between Government (acting on behalf of the community at large) and Sure, as set out in the Communications Ordinance 2017 and Sure’s licence. The team aims to ensure aviation safety and the fair and effective regulation of telecommunications.
The Registry is based at the Town Hall and deals with the registration of births, marriages and deaths, companies and charities, property transactions and patents. In addition, it provides a vital service in supporting elections – maintaining the electoral roll and running elections and referenda. As such it is key to the operation of the democratic system and to maintaining national and international confidence in electoral practices in the Falkland Islands.
The Legislation Services team supports Government by turning policy into legislation and arranging the publication of Falkland Islands laws online via the Falkland Islands Statute Law database as well as editing and publishing the Falkland Islands Gazette. The team is led by the Statute Law Commissioner who plays a key role in reviewing and updating legislation.
Government Legal Services (GLS) direct and conduct public prosecutions and act for the Government in all legal proceedings and transactions. GLS also supports the development and delivery of Government initiatives.
These service areas are supported by an administrative team. As well as providing general administrative support to the lawyers and regulators, the team deliver key services including:
administering Lands Committee and providing other administrative support to the wider Government; and
arranging notarial services.