The office of Attorney General is established under Article 59 of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania, 1977
According to the Office of the Attorney General (Discharge of Duties) Act, 2005 some of the duties of the Attorney General’s Chambers are to:
- Perform the functions of public prosecutions in accordance with Constitution and other written laws.
- Control all criminal persecutions in the country.
- Draft legislative proposals into Bills for enactment by Parliament.
- Advise the Government on any matter of a civil nature including contracts, international agreements and treaties.
- Advise the Government on all matters relating to the Constitution and human right
- Represent the Government in Courts of law and tribunals in any suit or matter to which the Government is a party or has interest.
- Advise Government Ministries, Government Departments and other Government institutions and organisations on legislative process.
- Draft all legislative instruments for enactment by Parliament and drawing Resolutions for ratification by the National Assembly.
- Advise and find meaning out of Parliamentary enactments.
- Perform any function as may be necessary for effective discharge of the duties and the exercise of the powers of the Attorney General.
The current functions and organization structure of the Office of Attorney General comprises of the following Divisions and Units:
- Public Prosecutions Division
- Contracts & Treaties Division
- Litigation&Arbitration Division
- Legislative Drafting Division
- Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights Division
- Administration and Human Resources Management Division
- Planning Division
- Legal Registry Unit
- Research and Library Services Unit
- Finance and Accounts Unit
- Internal Audit Unit
- Government Communication Unit
- Procurement Management Unit
- Management Information Systems Unit