The Department of Civil Litigation performs a critical role in the administration of justice by advising the state on all aspects of civil law, by representing the State in constitutional matters and other civil proceedings, and by assisting in the formulation and execution of government policies based on the limits of the law.

This involves securing the position of the government in civil litigation and recovering government liability. The department has recently come into sharp focus due to the many civil cases that have been lost and the political cost associated with the cases.