How is Law reform conducted?

The law reform process entails examining laws, advocating and implementing changes in a legal system, usually with the aim of enhancing justice or efficiency and modernizing the law. It is done through the following steps:

  1. the first step in the law reform process is to identify legislation that requires reform;
  2. the second step is to identify the gap within the framework that can be addressed by law reform; this requires the Commission to carry out a review of a particular law and other enabling literature like policies. Sometimes, the Commission may carry out preliminary consultations with users and implementers;
  3. the third step is to identify the issues to consider during the study and any interventions that may be viable in form of proposals or issues;
  4. the fourth step is to constitute a technical working group or taskforce constituting of experts and persons with knowledge in the area under review or study to guide the process;
  5. the fifth step is to carry out wide consultations with key stakeholders and the general public on the proposals and issues under the study. Often these may be in form of key informant interviews, seminars, workshops and focus group discussions;
  6. the sixth step if for the Commission to prepare a final study or review report containing recommendations. The recommendations are often in form of a draft bill for a law. This report is forwarded to the line ministry for further management; and
  7. the seventh step involves the Commission undertaking pre and post enactment advocacy of the recommendations with main actors in the legislative process.

The Law revision process

The law revision process involves the cleaning of the statute book and ensuring that it is up-to-date. It involves updating the law by incorporating all the    amendments, removing obsolete, repealed and spent provisions of the law and recommending for amendment where necessary. The law revision process is undertaken in    consultation

with the Attorney General’s Office, Ministry of Justice and

constitutional affairs and respective users.

The 6th Edition of the Laws of Uganda in current use and the various Compendium of laws for example Labour Laws, Criminal Laws and Former Constitutions of Uganda are some of the key products of the law revision process.