The role of the Attorney General is defined in section 51 of the Constitution of Botswana as the Principal Legal Advisor to the Government. The Department comprises four (4) Divisions and has administrative supervision of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions established under section 51A of the Constitution.
The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is responsible for instituting and undertaking the prosecution of all criminal cases on behalf of the State. The Divisions of the Attorney General’s Chambers are Civil Litigation Division (CLD), Legislative Drafting Division (LDD), International and Commercial Division (ICD) and Corporate Services Division (CSD).
The Civil Litigation Division is responsible for undertaking the litigation of all civil actions on behalf of Government. The Legislative Drafting Division is responsible for drafting legislation, namely Government Bills and subsidiary legislation. The Legislative Drafting Division also produces the annual bound editions of the Botswana Statute Law.
The International and Commercial Division provides legal services relating to the negotiation and drafting of international and commercial agreements on behalf of Government; and the Corporate Services Division which carries out the coordination of the Department’s resources and support services.