The Government of the Republic of Nauru

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The Office of the Legislative Drafter

 

The Office of the Legislative Drafter is primarily tasked with the following:

  1. drafting legislation;
  2. drafting standard policies and procedures;
  3. publishing and revising laws; and
  4. implementing government policies.

Approximately 24 bills were drafted and passed by the Parliament during the reporting period of July 2020 to June 2021. Two were substantive and new legislation as follows:

  1. Environmental Management and Climate Change Act 2020; and
  2. Registration of Associations Act 2020.

Twenty nine regulations were drafted which  included 22 substantive regulations and 7 amendment regulations were approved by Cabinet.

 

One of the main functions of the Section is to manage the stock of legislation for the Parliament, Government, business companies and citizens. RONLAW is Nauru's online legal database which is administered by the legislative drafting team.  The publication of Acts and Regulations, Bills and explanatory memoranda on the website has remained consistently up to date for public and official use. So far, there are over 700 laws that are in place and can be found on the Database.

 

Our Team

 

Position Name
Director Legislative Drafting Vacant
Senior Legislative Drafter Kerryn Kwan
Legislative Drafter Mele Tagivakatini
Pleader (Legislative Drafting) Marilyn Deireragea
Paralegal (Legislative Drafting) Starison Engar

 

 

Objectives


  • Ensure institutional strengthening  by drafting the laws

 

 

Motivation

 

Without laws, there would be chaos

 

 

Strategic Plan Priority Area 4: Cost Cutting Sectors

 

Cross-Goal 1

Strengthen Parliament, audit, justice, law, order and border control.

 

 

Achievements


  • The Environmental Management and Climate Change Act 2020 was passed by Parliament on 23rd October 2020. This Act makes provision for the      management and protection of the environment, climate change, the promotion of sustainable development, to facilitate compliance with the Republic's international and regional environment related obligations and for related purposes.
  • The Registration of Associations Act 2020 was passed by the Parliament on 23rd October 2020. The Act creates an enabling environment for the registration of associations, makes provision for corporate governance, financial accountability, regulates and promotes cooperation with other local or international organisations, communities and the Government and monitors their activities and for other related purposes.

 

 

Way Forward

 

In the coming year, the Legislative Drafting Section aims to:

  • Complete the Law Revision and Consolidation Project.
  • Work on reviewing a number of 'older' legislation to ensure consistency with more recent legislation [For example, Criminal Procedure Act 1972 and Quarantine Act 1908] and drafting new legislation to replace the same.
  • Work on repealing spent and redundant legislation.
  • Work on ensuring that Nauru's laws are clear, readable and readily accessible.
  • Strengthen coordination between the Section and other agencies.
  • Carry out training on legislation at the request of departments
  • Improving legal research on the basis of legislative drafting to improve effectiveness.
  • Review the drafting mechanisms to keep laws in harmony and consistent.
  • Updating the Legislative Drafting Manual to keep it current and in conformity with legislative drafting principles.
  • Work on improving the Section's publication function [RONLAW].