This Department plays a critical role in discharging the regulatory obligations of the Office. It provides legal support in the development of the regulatory framework and the establishment of rules of procedure that enable an environment for the efficient functioning of the utilities through a structure that lends predictability to the Office’s decisions. The Department also drafts the decisions issued by the Office and seeks to operate in a manner which minimizes the likelihood of judicial review of these decisions. It also has responsibility for enforcement. The Department is also required to respond to all legal challenges to Office Decisions and, where necessary, to engage and manage the services of external counsels.