The Law Reform Commission of Liberia (LRC) held the final National Validation Forum of the National Law Reform Policy over the weekend at the Law Library on Ashmun Street in Monrovia.
Speaking at the Forum, Dr. Jallah A. Barbu, Chairperson, LRC disclosed that he was impressed at the level of achievement thus far by the Commission because he said that the document has reached at a crucial stage.
He expressed delight for the support that the Commission had received during the period as well as the coordination and collaboration from state’s functionaries and others which he said has enhanced their work.
The Chairperson of LRC then encouraged Liberians to be part of the Law Reform process because according to him they are the owners of the policy.
Accordingly, he admonished them not to wait so as to reap the benefits but to contribute meaningfully toward the realization of LRC’s goal.
He promised that the LRC was committed to its mandate which he mentioned as to review all laws of Liberia to ensure their systematic development reform, the unification of laws, as well as the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments, modernization of all branches of the laws among others.
He then said the perpetual absence of government-owned printing house was a challenge to the process as well as other programs that are being implemented by the government.
He, however, used the occasion to encourage the government to prioritize acquiring printing facilities which he indicated is cardinal.
James K. Kieh, Project Director, LRC said the forum was intended to validate a process which started with a consultation nationwide relative to gathering views of citizens pertaining to the Law Reform Policy. He then pointed out that at the end of the process there was a unanimous approval of the need to have a uniform procedure that would guide the process of law making in Liberia.
“LRC is going to establish a systematic process through which citizens can use to petition their Legislators so that they can have a say in whatever laws that governs them as well as how the Executive can submit bills to the Legislature including their collaboration to make laws,” he stated.
The Project Director pointed out that the final validation forum does not mean that the process has come to an end but that written comments are welcomed, he declared.
For his part, Cllr. Seward M. Cooper, Legal Advisor to the President said the LRC should be guided principally by the general principles that are enshrined in the Constitution of Liberia. Doing so, he said it would help to promote national unity, improve economic activities, as well as the welfare of the people among others.
He challenged the LRC to consider repealing obsolete laws and create a template to be used in the harmonization of the Liberian Laws. The Legal advisor to the President also challenged the staff of LRC to focus on research which he said will help the process positively and that they should also carefully analyze the customary Laws so that those that are in harmony can be considered.
Nanborlor F. Singbeh, Sr., Secretary of the Senate lauded the efforts of LRC saying, the National Law Reform Policy will be used as a tool at the Legislature.