By Jefferson D.Tweh
The Law Reform Commission (LRC) opened a legislative drafting training seminar for Liberian Legislative drafters over the weekend in Monrovia.
Speaking at the opening of the seminar, the Speaker of the House of Representatives,Mr.J.Alex Tyler said the building of the capacity of Liberians in the areas of Legislative drafting is one of government’s agenda to develop the human resource capacities of Liberians.
Speaker Tyler disclosed that the program under the supervision of the Law Reform Commission is a statutory body that was established by Act of the Legislative to review the laws of the Republic of Liberia and to make recommendations for changes.
“This is a body of Liberian legal professionals in which we repose confidence and that we do welcomed their decision to train Liberians in the area of Legislative drafting, ”Speaker Tyler expressed joy.
He said the Government of Liberia (GOL) in collaboration with the Peace-building fund and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), over a period of one year, had provided both technical and financial support to the Law Reform Commission. “We wish to express our deepest appreciation to these International Partners for their support to the projects, such as training which added to the statutory mandate of the Commission,” he added.
According to him, it is his understanding that the Law Reform Commission is reviewing the possibility of harmonizing laws which are dual in practice and also developing a National Law Reform policy to standardize legislative drafting in Liberia to guide proponents’ bills in understanding the minimum requirements that a proposed law should meet, and when this is done, it would ease complications implanted in legislative review to bills submitted or passage. He said the National Legislature will give its fullest support as it will constitute a technical arm of the legislature.
Also speaking, the chairperson of the Law Reform Commission,Cllr.Jallah Barbu disclosed that training will provide great opportunity to avoid mistakes and repetitions in legislative process, which actually delays the works of the National Legislature in its law-making work.
Cllr.Barbu told the participants that some institutions draft laws without engaging the relevant stakeholders, so in the reform policy made, he said it is clear that an individual proposing and drafting a law must engage the relevant authority.
Speaking further, the President of the Liberia National Bar Association,Cllr.Moses Paygar, has encouraged the trainees to take the seminar seriously because it will help them acquire more legal knowledge saying, “No knowledge acquired is lost, therefore I urge you to be serious and pay attention during the training”.