Legislative Process

Legislative Process

What this course is about

If you are interested in:

  • How to control or influence the content of legislation
  • How proposed legislation is initiated, discussed before being made public, drafted by experts,  made into law, and comes into force

What is covered?
Functions of officials proposing legislation
Functions of the Legislative Drafting Department
Functions of the Law Reform Commission
What proposals for legislation should contain
How officials can influence or control content of legislation
Use of consultants to draft legislation
Announcing proposals for legislation
Some references to other countries regarding the above
Other matters relating to interaction with drafters

A generous take-away binder of materials (some published by the facilitator) will be given.

For whom it is designed
Any person in government or outside who is interested in the legislative process, including some less well-known internal government procedures
Cabinet Ministers, Councillors, other MLAs
Chief Officers and their deputies
Heads of Department and their deputies
Policy Advisors
Other senior civil servants
Senior public servants in statutory corporations
Members of statutory bodies
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

Facilitator for the course
The facilitator is Mr. Bilika H. Simamba, who is a UK and Canadian trained legislative counsel with over 10 years’ experience in the Cayman Islands and about 30 years’ experience in drafting legislation in the Commonwealth. He has published in legislative drafting and law in general in peer reviewed journals in the UK, South Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere. Some of these materials will be used on the course. Bilika has also taught legislative drafting online at postgraduate level for Athabasca University of Alberta, Canada, and taught legal drafting at the International Development Law Institute (IDLI) in Rome, Italy.

Duration, fees
1 day, 7 contact hours. CI 650.00 per participant, if conducted in Cayman. Subject to variation for other jurisdictions. Rebates possible depending on numbers registering.

How offered
Currently this course is offered only to requesting institutions.

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