For the first time ever, three decades after the colonial era, Minister for Justice and Community Services Ralph Regenvanu has tabled in Parliament amendments seeking effecting changes in Vanuatu’s Law Commission Act.
This information is for the people who could not access these amendments online; because they are in the outer islands or other reasons the Bill for the Law Commission (Amendment) Act no. of 2011 amends the Law Commission Act [CAP 115] repealed sections 3, 4 and 5 and replaces them with new sections which introduced the following:
Members of the Commission (Section 3)
This provides for the appointment of the members of the Commission by the Minister comprising of:
1. A person who is unconditionally registered as a legal practitioner in Vanuatu nominated by the Vanuatu Law Society;
2. A Senior Law Lecturer nominated by the University of the South Pacific;
3. A legal officer of the State Law Office nominated by the Attorney General;
4. A person nominated by the National Council of chiefs;
5. A representative of the civil society, who must be a woman, nominated by the Director of the Department responsible for Woman’s Affairs;
6. A person nominated by the President of the Vanuatu National Youth Council; and
7. A person nominated by the Chairman of the Vanuatu Christian Council.