Department of Justice Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. J-2)

Act current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2006-12-12. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Examination of Bills and regulations
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the Minister shall, in accordance with such regulations as may be prescribed by the Governor in Council, examine every regulation transmitted to the Clerk of the Privy Council for registration pursuant to the Statutory Instruments Act and every Bill introduced in or presented to the House of Commons by a minister of the Crown, in order to ascertain whether any of the provisions thereof are inconsistent with the purposes and provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Minister shall report any such inconsistency to the House of Commons at the first convenient opportunity.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) A regulation need not be examined in accordance with subsection (1) if prior to being made it was examined as a proposed regulation in accordance with section 3 of the Statutory Instruments Act to ensure that it was not inconsistent with the purposes and provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (1st Supp.), s. 93;
  • 1992, c. 1, s. 144(F).


Marginal note:Powers, duties and functions of Attorney General

 The Attorney General of Canada

  • (a) is entrusted with the powers and charged with the duties that belong to the office of the Attorney General of England by law or usage, in so far as those powers and duties are applicable to Canada, and also with the powers and duties that, by the laws of the several provinces, belonged to the office of attorney general of each province up to the time when the Constitution Act, 1867, came into effect, in so far as those laws under the provisions of the said Act are to be administered and carried into effect by the Government of Canada;

  • (b) shall advise the heads of the several departments of the Government on all matters of law connected with such departments;

  • (c) is charged with the settlement and approval of all instruments issued under the Great Seal;

  • (d) shall have the regulation and conduct of all litigation for or against the Crown or any department, in respect of any subject within the authority or jurisdiction of Canada; and

  • (e) shall carry out such other duties as are assigned by the Governor in Council to the Attorney General of Canada.

  • R.S., c. J-2, s. 5.