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First Parliamentary Counsel

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The Mission / Mandate of FPC

 

The Directorate of First Parliamentary Counsel is charged with the mandate; “to draft all Government legislation; i.e. Bills for debate and passing into legislation by Parliament, Statutory Instruments; including Rules, Regulations and Bye-laws and to advise on the legislative process and other legal issues. The Directorate also verifies Ordinances passed by District Councils and Bye-laws passed by Municipal Councils”.

The Directorate of First Parliamentary Counsel shall –

 

  • Draft Bills, in accordance with the principles approved by Cabinet in consultation with the instructing Ministry, Department or Agency (MDA) within 30 days of receipt of the request;

  • Prepare Cabinet Memoranda in respect of Bills of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, within 7 days;

  • Provide technical assistance in the drafting of private member’s Bills, on request, within 30 days;

  • Draft Statutory Instruments, Legal Notices and Parliamentary Resolutions within 14 days of receipt of instructions from MDAs;

  • Vet Ordinances and bye-Laws for districts and municipal councils and re-draft them as necessary within 14 days of receipt of the draft.

  • Authorize publication of Acts of Parliament, Bills, Statutory Instruments and other legislative instruments within 2 days of receipt of approval.

  • Advise on the interpretation of existing and proposed laws within 2 weeks of receipt of the request; and

  • Advise on law reform within 14 days of receipt of the request.

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