The participants, LRC Officials and other key stakeholders pose for a photo following day one of the two-day workshop The participants, LRC Officials and other key stakeholders pose for a photo following day one of the two-day workshop

On the National Law Reform Policy, LRC Begins Two-Day Capacity Building Workshop for CSOs, Professionals, and Interest Groups Featured

The Law Reform Commission (LRC) on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 began a two-day Capacity Building Workshop for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Professionals and Interest Groups on the National Law Reform Policy (NLRP). 

The two-day workshop is taking place at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia.

The LRC was first established by Executive Order #20, June 11, 2009 and Executive Order #25, June 10, 2010 and then by an Act of the Legislature on June 11, 2011

It aims to keep under review the laws of Liberia to ensure their systematic development and reform, including, in particular, the unification of the laws, the elimination of anomalies and the generation of consistency in the law, the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary laws and, generally the simplification and modernization of all branches of the law.

The ongoing training, which is being supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the project of the Liberia Economic Policy Dialogue Activity (LEPDA), is geared towards providing information and training on the NLRP.

Making presentation at the opening of the workshop, LRC Chair/CEO, Cllr. Boakai N. Kanneh, said the need for a law reform policy is cardinal to national growth and development, noting that such engagement with stakeholders is of great importance.

Cllr. Kanneh indicated that reformation of the laws will establish a strategic plan for the improvement, modernization, and revisions of laws, and coherent coordination mechanisms in the law making process.

He asserted that there is low level of adherence to regulation and coordination of the law making process with regard to initiation, drafting, analysis, consultations, tracking progress and implementation.

“This process will set standard to guide lawmakers and to provide a clear mechanisms to harmonize the process of law making,” said the LRC boss.

He pointed out that the reformation process will help to establish minimum standards and procedures for drafting and submitting proposed laws to the Legislature, while at the same time ensure modernization and simplification of laws.

The renowned Liberian lawyer pointed out that under the reform process, the legislative procedure will be tracked using a bill tracking software, which will be linked to the Legislature’s website.

“Tracking software will include tracking of the bill in the Office of the President.LRC will ensure that all bills, which have entered into force, have been received and published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as required by the Legislative Act,” he, among other things, stated in his well articulated presentation.

Earlier, Atty. Ramses T. Kumbuyah, Executive Director at the LRC, who gave the introduction of the two-day workshop, recounted that the need for reform of the laws emerged as an outcome of the Liberian peace process, which was executed on August 18, 2003, having been realized by the peace brokers that one of the key elements of the country’s conflict were the issue of obsolete laws that needed visitation to meet current day reality or international standard.

“The mandate of the Law Reform Commission, inter alia, is to address the deficiencies in the lawmaking process by adopting a framework that will lead to enacting clear, mandatory and enforceable laws. The framework is based on principles, ensuring integrity, compliance and basic minimum standards of conformity and quality,” ED Kumbuyah told the gathering.

He explained that the primary need for a law reform policy is to serve as a blue print for drafting new laws that will effectively support the legal and regulatory framework for the development of high quality laws and effective implementation.

Madam Sue Tatten, Legal and Regulatory Advisor at USAID/LEPDA, stressed the critical importance of the workof the LRC to nation's building process.

“Without a solid rule of law system, it’s just difficult for development. The laws must be uniformed to be more functional for national growth and development,” Madam Tatten stated as she lauded the participants for their inputs in the ongoing dialogue.



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