Legislative Drafting

Legislative Drafting

Legislative drafting is the communication of the intentions of the legislature to the people. It has become an invaluable communication tool and the bedrock of regulation of different spheres of society. It has also proved to be a useful catalyst for societal changes and development. Legislative drafting is an art that may be learned and skill that may be acquired through practices, mentoring and training.

The Legislative Drafting Department blends a small number of dedicated and experienced drafters with fledgling drafters to promote the rule of law and contribute to achieving justice for the society through the drafting of wide-ranging primary and secondary legislation.

As the central legislative drafting office of The Gambia, the legislative drafting Department specialises in preparing all governent bills in accordance with current best practices in the field.

Before preparing legislation a legislative drafter carries out a rigorous intellectual and legal analysis of the policy that informs it. This meticulous scrunity of the policy requires the drafter to understand the drafting instructions and to clarify the policy through discussions and revisions with the instructing official. In addition, the drafter necessarily researches the legislative framework in which the new law will operate.

Where it is not desirable to legislate, the drafter then advises on alternative ways of achieving policy objectives.

The ultimate goal of the Legislative Drafting Department is to translate policy into laws which are as clear and effective as possible.

Key responsibilities

  • Receive drafting instructions and conduct legal research of legislative proposals.
  • Analyse legislative propsals and advise on policy, legal and constitutional implications.
  • Prepare and vet bills and amend bills.
  • Prepare Cabinet memoranda for policy approval of bills and for bills to be laid before the National Assembly.
  • Attend meetings of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on New Bills, to render legal assistance to the Sub-Committee when it is considering bills.
  • Arrange for the announcement of bills in the gazette and the subsequent printing of these bills by the government for members of the national Assembly
  • Attend sittings of the National Assembly when bills are being presented, to render legal assistance to the Assembly and incorporate amendments made in the bills during th sittings
  • Laise with the government printers for the printing of assent copies of Acts for the President's signature and subsequent publication in the gazette.
  • and vet subsidiary legislation ffor execution by the relevant authority.
  • Arrange for the publication of executed subsidiary legislation in the gazatte.
  • Prepare warrants of appointment of judges for the President's signature
  • Distribute gazette copies of laws to law officers.
  • Advise ministries, departments and agencies in relation to the intepretation of statues, legislative drafting, the legislative process and legal matters generally.
  • Maintain a legislation database to facilitate public access to up-to-date legislation.
  • Represent the Ministry at conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the authorities.

MOJ Events

State's implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

Following a 33 year delay, the Solicitor General and Legal Secretary from 5th to 6th July 2018 led a high level delegation comprised of officials from the Office of the President, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Women's Bureau to engage in dialogue with the Human Rights Committee on the recently submitted response to the List of Issues posed by the Committee on the State's implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

ICCPR

All Lawyers Conference

A lawyers conference to promote and create a climate of respect for the rule of law and constitutionality in the Gambia on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st December 2017 at Kairaba Beach Hotel.

Lawyers Conference

Turkish Embassy donated I.T equipments to Ministry of Justice

Turkish Embassy Donates state of the art Computers and IT equipment to aid in the work of the Ministry of Justice.Turkish Ambassador announces further cooperation training exchanges between Attorney General's Chamber & Ministry of Justice and Turkish Justice Academy.The official handing over of the I.T equipments(Computers,Printers and UPS(Power Supply Connectors)) occured at the Ministry of Justice conference room where the materials where handed over by the Turkish Ambassador to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice(Hon. Abubacarr Tambadou),Tuesday,3rd October,2017.

Turkish Embassy donate IT Materials to MOJ

In The News

The public was invited to Ebunjang Theatre today at 2:30pm 11th July,2017 for FACE THE NATION, an interactive live program organized by GRTS

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The Government of The Gambia through its National Assembly has enacted the following three Acts as part of its transitional justice programme:.

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