The Solicitor General is the alternate law officer and is appointed by the President. The Solicitor General deputizes the Attorney General in all legal matters. The Solicitor General, on delegation from the Attorney General, directly supervises the Drafting Section. The Section is headed by the Chief Legislative Counsel. The objectives and core functions of the Section are to:
- Provide legislative drafting services to Government Ministries and Departments.
- Vetting Government contracts and MOU’s.
- Give sound, quality and effective legal advice to Government Ministries and Departments.
- Respond timely to legal problems arising out of the obligations of Government.
- Give the necessary support to Government in preparation and negotiation of contracts, agreements and other international and regional instruments.
The Office of the Solicitor General is also responsible for supervising the Human Rights Unit. The Human Rights Unit is a relatively new addition to the Ministry and was set up in 2010. The Unit coordinates human rights issues in the Ministry. Its primary role is to coordinate Malawi’s state party requirements under UN, AU and Periodic Review. The Unit fulfils this role by compiling and submitting state party reports. In addition, the unit follows-up implementation of various recommendations received from UN and AU treaty bodies as well as Universal Periodic Reviews
The Solicitor General is the Supervisor of the Democratic Governance Sector in his or her dual capacity as the Secretary for Justice and Constitutional Affairs.