The Department of Justice Act sets out the mandate of the Department, the powers and duties of the Minister, and the Minister's functions as Attorney General. These include the responsibility:
- to be the legal member of the Executive Council (Cabinet);
- to give legal advice to the Lieutenant Governor;
- to supervise the administration of justice;
- to regulate consumer and marketplace relations and financial institutions;
- to give legal advice to other government departments, Crown corporations, agencies, boards and commissions; and
- to conduct all lawsuits for and against the Crown or any department.