National Workshop on Legislative Drafting, March 28-30, 2018

  • Publication Date: Thu, March 29, 2018

    In the parliamentary business, the significance attached to legislative drafting process is of paramount importance as it helps to translate State policy on an issue into Law. Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) conducted a national workshop on Legislative drafting for the officers of National Parliament, four Provincial assemblies of the Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan as well as legislative assembly of Gilgit Baltistan at PIPS campus from March 28 till 30, 2018. The event was conducted in collaboration with Manzil Pakistan and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

    On Day one, former chief Justice of Sindh High Court, Mr. Muhammad Shaiq Usmani (R) presented an overview of Legislative Drafting Practices, followed by an introduction to the proposed drafting manual which could provide a formal orientation to the parliamentary drafters and could be used as a reference material as well. He discussed at length the importance of Style and language in Legislative Drafting and emphasized on using appropriate vocabulary in Drafting Bills. On Day 2, he taught Rules of referencing & citation, Rules of capitalization & punctuation and issues in the interpretation of Acts. He asserted that quality legislation would result in expedient dispensation of justice, good governance and effective implementation of laws in the country. The afternoon session of the day was facilitated by Mr. David Thirlby, Program Manager WFD who briefly discussed the importance of post legislative scrutiny as a tool of accountability and oversight. He emphasized that post legislative scrutiny could help in developing compatibility of local laws with international obligations, clarity of legislative text and the resource availability for the implementation of the new laws. Followed by Mr. Thirlby, was a long and engrossing session on “Contemporary Practices of Legislative Drafting”, which was facilitated by Sheikh Sarfaraz Ahmed, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice. In his ten-hour session Mr. Ahmed painstakingly discussed and elaborated hundred points that any legislative drafter should be familiar with in order to frame an effective bill. Participants took keen interest in the session and asked pertinent questions to refine their drafting skills. The three day event concluded with certificate distribution ceremony amongst the participants by Executive Director PIPS Mr. Zafarullah Khan. In their recommendations the participants appreciated the course and suggested that there was need for a follow up course on Drafting Skills.