The Executive Head

Hon. Emmanuel Aguma Standing beside His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike – Governor of Rivers State

Emmanuel Chinwenwo Aguma, SAN is a Rivers State lawyer . He is the current Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in the state. Between 2000 and 2002 he worked as Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association Port Harcourt Branch, and also chaired the Bar from 2006 to 2008.

On 10 July 2015, the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee conferred the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Mission

To raise the standard of professional service delivery in our advisory and other legal services for the attainment of excellence, and integrity; to the intent that Justice is done to all manner of persons without fear or favour affection or will.

Vision

To promote the rule of law and the administration of Justice through the application of the highest standard of Professional ethics, integrity, excellence and best global practices

Objectives

The mandate of the ministry is being the official legal department of the Rivers State Government. Its responsibilities are performed through its various departments as more particularly described and stated below

Departments

Library Services

Keeps all reference and research materials

Library Services

The Library services is in charge of the Ministry’s research and reference library. It keeps all reference and research materials, books, and law reports relevant to the work of the Ministry.

Administration Department

Interconnects all the other departments on the day-to-day running of the affairs of the Ministry

Administration Department

This department is the fulcrum of the Ministry’s general duties and services, and interconnects all the other departments on the day-to-day running of the affairs of the Ministry.

Finance and Accounts Department

Responsible for the preparation of the Ministry’s annual Budgetary Estimates

Finance and Accounts Department

This department is responsible for the preparation of the Ministry’s annual Budgetary Estimates, and for dispensing approved funds for the running of the Ministry.

Civil Litigation Department

Defends civil actions and appeals against government and its agencies.

Civil Litigation Department

This department defends civil actions and appeals against government and its agencies. In special cases, it institutes civil actions that are of public interest and defends appeals arising therefrom.

Special Legal Services Unit

Handling highly classified State matters

Special Legal Services Unit

This department was established in 2015 and is charged with the responsibility of handling highly classified State matters brought to the table of the Honourable Attorney-General and other matters as assigned by him.

Legal Drafting Department

Drafting of government contracts, agreements, Bills, Statutory Instruments, Notices and other legal documents

Legal Drafting Department

For drafting of government contracts, agreements, Bills, Statutory Instruments, Notices and other legal documents involving the government and its Ministries, Department and Agencies.

The Department has to-date facilitated the drafting of agreements, memorandum of understanding, bills and other instruments.

Administration/Estate Department

Administrating estates of deceased persons who died in the state (without a will)

Administration/Estate Department

Established pursuant to the provisions of the Administrator-General Law of Rivers State (Cap. 2, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999), this Department  headed by the Administrator-General of Rivers State, with the primary statutory responsibility of administrating estates of deceased persons who died intestate (without a will).

Citizens' Rights Department

An alternative dispute resolution method to resolve disputes for Citizens free of charge

Citizens' Rights Department

The Directorate for Citizens Rights was set up in 2002 to actualize the access to Justice Policy of the Rivers State Government. It carries out its functions by utilizing Mediation, an alternative dispute resolution method to resolve disputes for Citizens free of charge.

They also receive complaints on human rights abuses, and take appropriate steps to assist petitioners.

Secondly, it institutes criminal charges through the filing of information and other criminal processes before the appropriate courts in the state and handles criminal appeals arising therefrom.

The department also advises the Honorable Attorney-General on the propriety or otherwise of all applications for fiat by private legal practitioners.

Planning Research Statistics

Collating and updating statistics and data for a functional data base

Planning Research Statistics

This Department is responsible for collating and updating statistics and data for a functional data base which is current and relevant to the Ministry’s planning and research purposes.

Public Prosecution Department

Renders legal advice on criminal cases investigated by the Police and other investigative agencies

Public Prosecution Department

It renders legal advice on criminal cases investigated by the Police and other investigative agencies to determine the prospects of instituting criminal charges against persons suspected of having committed criminal offences.

Secondly, it institutes criminal charges through the filing of information and other criminal processes before the appropriate courts in the state and handles criminal appeals arising therefrom.

The department also advises the Honourable Attorney-General on the propriety or otherwise of all applications for fiat by private legal practitioners.

Address

Ministry of Justice Building,

First Floor, Point Block, Wing B,

Rivers State Secretariat Complex,

P.M.B 5071,

Port-Harcourt, Rivers State,

Nigeria.