| James Kon |
TO ENSURE the effective execution of legislation and legal regulatory framework, it is vital for authorities concerned to make sure that the necessary logistics are considered – in particular capacity-building and the availability of assets as well as re-sources to allow effective enforcement of the provisions of the law.
This was highlighted yesterday by Puan Naimah binti Mohd Ali, Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), in her opening remarks for the start of a three-day course on Legislative Drafting.
The Solicitor General also lauded the legislative drafters from the AGC’s Legislative Drafting Division who play an important role in interpreting and transforming the policy of the government into effective and clear legislation.
Well-drafted and high quality legislation, she remarked, “is the result of collaboration and understanding of the respective responsibilities and roles… of instructing authorities and the legislative drafting officers. Practical considerations should (also) be addressed in the polity and legislative drafting process”.
“Even though legislation and the legal regulatory framework may seem a must-have in the equation… their effectiveness lies in the execution,” she said.
“Thus it is imperative that the authorities concerned ensure that the necessary logistics will be considered, in particular capacity-building and availability of assets and resources.
“This is to allow effective enforcement of the provisions of law, (and) the responsibility rests with the instructing authorities.
“The Attorney General’s Chambers will, however, provide guidance or legal advice to support the instructing authorities in the exercise of their power and performance of their duties.”
Besides hosting the Legislative Drafting course, Puan Naimah revealed other initiatives carried out by the Legislative Drafting Division to enhance the knowledge and skills of translators in translating legal documents.
A workshop on translations is expected to be conducted sometime next week by an expert from Malaysia.
The Legislative Drafting course is con-ducted by Professor Van Den Bergh, an internationally recognised expert in legislative drafting.
Participants include officers from the AGCs of Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore; Unit Perunding Islam, Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam, Authority for Info Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).