Majority of pending “relevant laws” fall under St. Maarten Justice Ministry

POSTED: 07/29/11 2:27 PM

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan will be in Parliament quite often once the body returns from recess because 25 of the 45 laws that have deemed as still relevant pertain to the Justice Ministry. Most of the laws are amendments to the Civil Code.

The list of 45 was carved out of the list of 67 laws that were not completely handled by the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles before it ceased to exist on October 10, 2010. The Parliament of St. Maarten must now decide before October 10, 2011, which of the laws they will handle. Once that decision is made the government will be required to answer questions on some and parliament will have to review others and submit their comments and questions.

Two laws outside of the realm of the Justice Ministry that were named by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams on Wednesday is the draft media law, which falls under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and the draft telecommunications law, which falls under the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications. The draft media law was submitted on September 4, 2009 and the draft telecommunications law was submitted on September 10, 2001. The list also includes draft initiative laws that Parliament itself must decide whether it will be handled or not.

The prime minister also announced on Wednesday that the national general resolution on the publication of laws and resolutions has been sent to Governor Eugene Holiday for consideration and signing. National general resolutions are created and approved by the Council of Ministers, vetted by the Council of Advice and then co-signed by the governor and the relevant minister(s). This particular resolution governs the format of publication sheets and the establishment of a national gazette.

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