Understand the legislative Process

STEP 1

POLICY

Formulation & approval by Ministry/Cabinet

STEP 2

DRAFTING& INTERNAL SCRUTINY

Settlement and approval by Ministry​

STEP 3

LEGISLATIVE PLAN

Preparation by Drafter & Approval by Ministry

STEP 6

CONSULTATION

Ministry carries out consultation on the Bill

STEP 5

SCRUTINY AND APPROVAL OF DRAFT FOR CONSULTATION

Drafter and Ministry

STEP 4

DRAFTING& INTERNAL SCRUTINY

Drafter

STEP 7

REVISION OF DRAFT AFTER CONSULTATION

Ministry & Legislative Drafter

STEP 8

APPROVAL OF BILL

Ministry and Minister

[Go to step 2 if Cabinet makes changes]

STEP 9

AG’S CERTIFICATE & EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

Formulation & approval by Ministry/Cabinet

STEP 12

MEMBERS BRIEFING

Ministry & Office of the Attorney  General

STEP 11

TRANSLATION OF BILL

Clerk of Legislative Assembly

STEP 10

CABINET APPROVAL

Ministry

STEP 13

1ST READING

Minister – Introduction of Bill to LA

STEP 14

2ND READING

Minister – Elaboration of policy and scheme of Bill

STEP 15

SELECT COMMITTEE

(Except Urgent Bills)

Go to step 10 for any amendment. For substantive ones, withdraw Bill

STEP 17

ASSENT AND COMMENCEMENT

Head of State signs Bill as an Act

Date of Assent or for deferred commencement, Minister nominates commencement date

STEP 16

CONSIDERATION AND 3RD READING

Clause by clause approval and passing of Bill

Contact us:

Phone:       (+685) 20295/ 20296
Email:        attorney.general@ag.gov.ws
Fax:            (+685) 22118

Our Postal Address:

Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box27
Apia
SAMOA

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