1. This Act may be cited as the Department of Justice Act.
(2) The Minister is ex officio Her Majesty's Attorney General of Canada, holds office during pleasure and has the management and direction of the Department.
3. (1) The Governor in Council may appoint an officer called the Deputy Minister of Justice to hold office during pleasure and to be the deputy head of the Department.
(2) The Deputy Minister is ex officio the Deputy Attorney General.
(3) The Governor in Council may appoint two Associate Deputy Ministers of Justice, each of whom shall have the rank and status of a deputy head of a department and as such shall under the Deputy Minister exercise and perform such powers, duties and functions as deputies of the Minister and otherwise as the Minister may specify.
4. The Minister is the official legal adviser of the Governor General and the legal member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and shall
(b) have the superintendence of all matters connected with the administration of justice in Canada, not within the jurisdiction of the governments of the provinces;
(c) advise on the legislative Acts and proceedings of each of the legislatures of the provinces, and generally advise the Crown on all matters of law referred to the Minister by the Crown; and
(d) carry out such other duties as are assigned by the Governor in Council to the Minister.
(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.
(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.