The Legal Drafting Department is one of the Professional Departments in the Federal Ministry of Justice. The Department is as old as the Ministry of Justice and is charged with the primary function of drafting and vetting of Executive Bills and Statutory Instruments, drafting and processing of the publication of Instruments of Appointment of Judicial Officers and Senior Advocates of Nigeria etc. The Department is headed by a Director, supported by competent lawyers and a set of administrative support staff. 


Translation of National Policies of the Federal Government of Nigeria as articulated in the context of democracy and the rule of law into action through drafting of Bills for enactment of effective and enforceable laws as well as Statutory Instruments within the overall mandate of the Federal Ministry of Justice.


The vision of the Department is the enhancement of the quality and delivery of Statutory Instruments at the shortest time to give effect to the policies of the Federal Government of Nigeria within the context of democracy and the rule of law.

Service Provision

Drafting instructions for draft Bills and Statutory instruments are promptly considered, further research in the area of request conducted draft Bill and instruments are then prepared and vetted by superiors. The draft is then forwarded to the requesting institution for further comments (if any). On receipt of such comments the draft is then finalized.



  1. Rendering advice on Legislative matters; interpretation of statutes and on any other matter assigned to the Department by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and the Solicitor-General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary.
  2. Drafting and vetting of Executive Bills for presentation by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the National Assembly.
  3. Drafting of Bills for the domestication of International Conventions and Treaties to which Nigeria is a party.
  4. Drafting of Statutory Instruments including Regulations, Orders and Governmnet Notices.
  5. Conducting research on topical legal issues to facilitate proper exercise of functions (1), (2), (3) & (4) above .
  6. Processing and ensuring the publication of Statutory Instruments in the Federal Gazette.
  7. Drafting and processing of the publication of instruments Appointment of Judicial Officers appointed to the Bench of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, the Federal and State High Courts; and Senior Advocates of Nigeria.
  8. Liaison with the Legislative Department of the National Assembly on matters relating to the Executive Bills before the National Assembly.
  9. Representing the HAGF, SGF/PS and the Federal Ministry on Inter-Ministerial and Technical Committees.
  10. Carrying out any ad-hoc assignment as may be directed by the HAGF and SGF/PS from time to time
  11.  Post legislative repairs as may be necessary from time to time.
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