First Parliamentary Counsel
Drafts bills and parliamentary amendments of bills for debate and passing into law by Parliament.
Prepare Cabinet Memoranda and Information papers on legislation.
Draft statutory instruments.
Supply of Bills
When a bill is ready for introduction, FPC authorises and arranges for the printing of copies in the quantities required by the Parliament. (370) copies can be obtained by the public from the Government Printer Entebbe or at their office at the Blacklines House.
Authorisation for publication
When parliament has passed a Bill, the Bill is presented to the President for Assent.
Assent completes the enactment of the Bill.
After assent a copy of the Act is sent to FPC.
FPC then authorises the printing and publication of the Act in the Gazette.
For legislation (Bills, Acts, S.I’s, Legal Notices) to be effective, it must be published in the Uganda Gazette.
The Gazette is the official newspaper of the Republic of Uganda.
All Government legislation is printed and published by the Government Printer who currently, by authority of law, is the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation, a statutory body established by the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation Act.Cap.330.
Draft Statutory instruments:
o These include rules, regulations and byelaws.
Draft Resolutions of Parliament.
Advise on the legislative process and other related legal matters.
Interpret laws and proposed legislation.
Under the Constitution
Assist in the drafting of private members bills. This function is provided for by article 94(4) (d) of the Constitution.
o ‘’The office of the Attorney General shall afford the member moving the private member’s bill professional assistance in the drafting of the bill.’’
Under the Local Government Act, Cap.243
Verify Ordinances made by District Councils and byelaws made by Municipal Councils.
Sections 38 and 39 of the LGA confer legislative powers on district councils and lower local councils.
Lower Local Councils include urban, subcounty, division and village councils. The Local Government Act requires that-
A local bill for an Ordinance passed by a district council or a byelaw passed by a municipal council shall be forwarded to the Attorney General through the Minister (of Local Government) to certify that the local bill or byelaw is not inconsistent with the Constitution or any other law enacted by Parliament before the chairperson signs the law.
Currently, there are 112 districts and 13 Municipal Councils to which the Directorate of First Parliamentary Counsel is required to provide this service.