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 of 2011 amends the Law Commission Act [CAP 115] repealed sections 3, 4 and 5 and replaces them with new sections which introduced the following:

The Vanuatu Law Commission has now completed its third round of review on the Water Supply Act and Water Resource Management Act of Vanuatu.

The Law Commission was requested by the Department of Geology, Mines and Natural Resources sometimes in June of 2013 to review the above mentioned legislations on the grounds that both legislations were out-dated, overly complex, and a poor fit with Vanuatu’s current needs, realities and aspirations.

The Minister of Justice and Community Services has appointed, for the first time ever, a Secretary to the Vanuatu Law Commission.  

The Law Commission is a statutory body, established under the Law Commission Act [Cap. 115], which has responsibility for advising Government and its institutions on what changes are needed to existing laws and what new laws may be needed in order to reflect changing realities in the country, in order to make national laws more relevant to the needs of citizens and Government.  

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