Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Procedures for the Inspection of Draft Laws and Legal Regulations

Procedures for the Inspection of Draft Laws and Legal Regulations 

Council of Minister notices that so far the draft laws and legal regulations has to go through four 
stages: the first stage is the initiatives and the development of the first draft by the principal ministries or institutions; the second stage is technical meeting; the third stage is coordination meeting; and the fourth stage is the plenary meeting. 

In order to promote the quality of laws and legal regulations and to ensure that adequate 
documents are available for plenary meeting of ministers, Council of Minister put forward additional guidelines for the inspection of draft laws and legal regulations that ministries and institutions have prepared and submitted and the guidelines are as the followings: 

1. Technical meeting, which is the first meeting, shall be divided into two or three technical 
meetings for discussion provided that many documents need to be drafted. With a deputy 
secretary general of Royal Government, the representative of the cabinet of His Excellency 
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Council of Minister, and the representatives of principal 
ministries and institutions, each meeting shall be chaired by the chiefs of councils of economy, 
social affairs, and culture or the representatives and the deputy chief of Council of Jurist or the 
representative as co-chairman and secretary of state of Council of Minister as honored guests in order to discuss on the drafts of document related to political situation, legal situation,  economic situation, social affairs, and culture; and share opinions on situations and information and analyze the impacts of the draft laws and legal regulations as well as inspect and modify the 
formality, meanings, terminology, and spelling. 

The draft documents that are seriously inappropriate in term of meanings and formality shall be 
put forth during technical meetings for discussion and modification so that the documents could 
be resubmit to the technical meeting and get approval accordingly. 

In case that the personnel at the executive level is busy or has other obligations and could not 
attend the meeting, the personnel shall appoint a representative that has the appropriate status 
to chair the meeting. 

2. Inter-ministerial meeting, which has Deputy Secretary General of principal ministry and  institution of Royal Government, a representative of cabinet of His Excellency Deputy Prime  Minister and Minister of Council of Minister, a representative of Council of Jurists, representatives of councils of economy, social affairs, and culture, and the representatives of  the participating ministries and institutions, shall be chaired by Secretary General or the First Deputy Secretary General of Royal Government and Secretary of State of Council of Minister  that is in charge of principal ministries and institutions as co-chairman, and a secretary of state  as honored guest. In this meeting, the representatives of ministries and institutions could add  more comments on the political situation, legal situation, economic situation, social affairs, and  culture as well as discuss and coordinate the disagreed aspects such as the overlap of duties or  the missing gap of the duties in each sector or cross-cutting sector including both technical and  administrative sectors so that they align with policies, laws, and legal regulations so as to ensure alignment and quality of the draft of these documents. 

In case that the personnel at the executive level is busy with other obligations and could not 
attend the meeting, the other personnel at the executive level shall chair the meeting. Provided 
that all personnel at the executive level are absent, they shall report to His Excellency Deputy 
Prime Minister and Minister of Council of Minister so that representatives could be appointed. 
The draft of the document shall be discussed and finalized during the two meetings above. 
Provided that there are some issues that are complicated and could not be coordinated, Co-
Chairman of the meeting shall report directly to His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and 
Minister of Council of Minister or to the representative of the cabinet of His Excellency Deputy 
Prime Minister and Minister of Council of Minister in a timely fashion. Special department that is 
responsible for making reports shall write a detailed report regarding the issues that have not 
been coordinated and submit that detailed report to the Co-Chairman for inspection and 
decision making and submit to His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Council of 
Minister as information within no longer than five working days after the day of the meeting. 
After the inter-ministerial meeting, His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Council 
of Minister will be the chairman of the final inspection meeting. 


3. Plenary of ministers of Council of Minister that has member composition that include ministers, secretary of state that is the head of the institution upward, delegate ministers of Prime Minister and the representatives of important relevant specialized units taking part in the discussion and decision making of all the draft laws and legal regulations under the  chairmanship of Prime Minister or Acting Prime Minister every Friday. 

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