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Civil Division

Overview of the Civil Division

The Civil Division is headed by the Director of Civil Law, Elizabeth Smith.

The Civil Division provides advice and assistance to all of the Departments, Boards and Offices which form the Isle of Man Government.

The advice and assistance available covers all areas of government business which is not the drafting of primary or secondary legislation, the prosecution of criminal offences or international matters.

Please Note - The Attorney General’s Chambers is unable to assist members of the public with legal queries. Members of the public should contact the Isle of Man Law Society for information on obtaining legal advice.

Civil Division Teams

The Civil Division is divided into three teams:

The Litigation Team

The Litigation Team acts on behalf of Departments, Boards and Offices in relation to any matters before courts or tribunals. This will include:

  • Petitions of doleance
  • Planning appeals and enforcement
  • Immigration appeals and tribunals
  • Debt collection
  • Contract disputes
  • Tribunal matters

The Commercial Team

The Commercial Team provides advice and assistance to Departments, Boards and Offices in relation to all commercial matters. The Commercial Team also includes the delivery of procurement services on behalf of Government. Examples of the types of work covered by the Commercial Team include:

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