The Attorney General's law library dates back to the colonial era. During that time, there were few professional officers, and they mainly relied on the Supreme Court library, which was conveniently located next to the Chambers in the Government Buildings. The library was initially managed, controlled and supervised by a librarian. During the earlier period of its existence, the library had very limited reference books without any set of law reports. Towards the end of 1960s and early 1970s, some old law reports were included in the collection. The Library did not have a special budgetary allocation.
An Increasing Collection
In the 1980s and 1990s, the office was able to increase its collection list of both law reports and reference books. Much of the collection was dependent on donor funding. Donations of reference books were also received. It was in the late 80s that the office was granted limited funds in the budget for purchase of library books and equipment. It was also during this period that the office in Lautoka was established. However, that office did not have a library.
Since the late 1990s, the library was substantially revamped, in light of the increased demand for legal texts and materials from professional officers in the Chambers. Libraries were also established in the Lautoka and Labasa offices.
Despite a limited budgetary allocation, the Office has strived to increase its collection in the library to ensure that legal officers in the Government have access to all relevant legal resources for their professional legal work.
The Library Committee
In order to ensure that the library continues to provide quality service to the professional officers, a Library Committee (chaired by the Solicitor-General) meets on a regular basis to monitor the services of the library and to consider additional purchases from the allocated funds. The Committee plays a pivotal role in the development of the library resources and its facilities.
Over the years, there has been a gradual increase in the number of legal officers who require the services of the libraries in our Office. Numerous legal officers have been appointed in various ministries and departments, who also seek access to relevant legal materials
In addition to providing legal materials to professional officers in the Government, the library also makes its resources available (upon request) to the High Court library, Fiji Law Reform Commission library and other libraries in Fiji.