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Assignment of Responsibilities under the
Public Service Management Act 1997




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The functions of the CSSO include:

  • The provision of a solicitor service in all civil courts in which any Government Department or other State authority is involved.
  • Conveyancing of State property and related property law services.
  • The furnishing of legal advice on the various subjects that are submitted by Government Departments and the drafting of the necessary accompanying legal documents.
  • The preparation and presentation of all prosecutions initiated by Ministers or Government Departments.
  • Acting as Agent of the Government before the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
  • Acting for the State in enquiries under the Tribunals of Enquiry (Evidence) Act, 1921 and supplying legal staff to act for the Tribunals.
  • Representing the State and State Authorities in taxations of costs before the Taxing Masters.
  • Advising and preparing commercial contracts for Government clients.
  • Advising and representing the State parties in asylum and refugee law cases.
  • Acting for the State in extraditions, European arrest warrant proceedings, mutual assistance cases, and also cases involving the transfer of sentenced prisoners.