#Providenciales, July 8, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The Legislative Drafting Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers hosted a seminar for Senior Managers across the public service on ‘The Legislative Process and Drafting Instructions’. The seminar took place on Grand Turk at the Life Centre Building on Old Airport Road on 26th June 2019.
The seminar focused on four key areas:
1) how to develop legislative policy;
2) how to provide quality legislative drafting instructions;
3) how to prepare Cabinet Papers on Legislative proposals and frame recommendations; and
4) the legislative process.
The seminar was geared to Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries, Heads of Department and generally, persons who are involved in providing legislative drafting instructions to the Attorney General’s Chambers.
This training forms part of the work plan of the Attorney General’s Chambers for the financial year 2019/2020 and sought to strengthen the capacity of senior managers across the public service to promote quality legislative proposals of interest to their respective Ministries and departments.
Presenters at the Seminar were Ms. Desiree Downes MBE, Principal Legislative Drafter in the Attorney General’s Chambers along with Ms. Gogontle Gatang and Ms. Priscilla Paquette both of whom are Senior Legislative Drafters in the Attorney General’s Chambers.
There was an overwhelmingly positive response to the interactive sessions with some 7 Ministries, 21 departments 3 Statutory Bodies participating for a total of some 58 persons in attendance. The training consisted of a series of presentations followed by mock exercises designed to test understanding and provided an opportunity for feedback.
The Hon. Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles OBE QC brought remarks and thanked the participants for their strong interest in gaining a better understanding of the Legislative process and how to provide drafting instructions. She noted that the Legislative Drafting division of the Attorney General’s Chambers works in accordance with the Government’s legislative agenda fixed by the Cabinet which sets out the Government’s Legislative priorities for each financial year. The Hon. Attorney General welcomed the opportunity provided by the Seminar to foster greater collaboration across the public sector.
Due to the high level of interest within the public service and wider public sector, the training seminar will be held again in July on Providenciales and on that occasion will seek to include senior officers of statutory bodies.