1. FUNCTIONS AND ROLES:

The State Solicitor’s Branch of the Department of Attorney General is one of various constitutional and legal offices which provide varying legal services including advice and legal representations for various clients in particular the State. The Branch is required under various Acts of Parliament including the Public Finances (Management) Act, 1995, Public Services (Management) Act, 1995 and the National Executive Council’s Handbook on Submissions, to provide legal opinion and it issues letters of legal clearance before the State makes commitment in the conduct of State business.

The branch is basically the State’s Legal Office, which assists the State to implement NEC decisions regarding any resource projects, infrastructure projects, matters of commercial undertaking or other legal advice on constitutional and legal implications on administrative and executive actions of the State. It provides effective checks, control and balances to eradicate potential misuse and abuse of administrative powers and functions

The office prepares and provides comments on Draft Contracts and other legal instruments submitted by client Departments and agencies of the State. Similarly it issues letters of legal clearance and Certificate of Necessity on draft proposed legislations for NEC’s consideration. The office is represented on various inter and intra departmental committees as well.

4. COMMON LAW/ADVISINGS

This Section is one of the three (3) sections in the Office. It is tasked with providing advices and opinions and legal clearances primarily on matters that are not dealt with by the Commercial and International Law sections. These are matters in the Constitutional and Administrative Law field as well as Property Law and even in contract law as well as tort, and employment law. The Deputy State Solicitor (Common Law) has two (2) principal legal officers (General Advisings and Property Advisings) and seven (7) other legal officer positions in this section, under the current establishment register. Of these three (3) positions are unfunded currently but are expected to have funding soon to enable further recruitment later in the year. One of the four (4) remaining legal officers has moved to the International Law section. The current staff strength is seven (7) which includes the legal secretary for the section. The PLO (Property advisings) position will shortly become vacant following the recent appointment of the current holder as Chief Commissioner of the National Lands Commission. This of course means that the section will be further reduced to five (5) lawyers and one (1) legal secretary.

State Solicitor - DJAG

Daniel Rolpagarea

daniel1Daniel Rolpagarea was appointed as State Solicitor, Department of Justice and Attorney General as of 14th February 2012. Prior to that, he was Deputy State Solicitor (Commercial Law) with the department.

Mr Rolpagarea is from Talie Village, Pomio, East New Britain Province.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Papua New Guinean 1994 and later attained his Master of Laws at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2006.

State Solicitor Contact

Level 8 & 4 Sir Buri Kidu Haus,
Fax: 301 2965
Email: StateSolicitor@justice.gov.pg