How Legislation is Made in Hong Kong - A Drafter's View of the Process

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How Legislation is Made in Hong Kong - A Drafter's View of the Process

“How Legislation is Made in Hong Kong”, published by the Department of Justice, explains the key features of the legislation-making process in Hong Kong. It -
  • explains what legislative drafting is and who does it in Hong Kong
  • gives a brief account of the structure and functions of the Law Drafting Division of the Department of Justice (LDD)
  • describes how legislation is drafted in LDD
  • explains how the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Executive Council, carries out the functions of approving proposals for primary legislation (Bills) and making subsidiary legislation
  • sets out the process which Bills undergo in the Legislative Council, giving an indication of how long that usually takes, and explains how the Legislative Council supervises subsidiary legislation
  • briefly mentions how legislation is commenced and how you may find out if a provision is in operation
  • concludes with a short description of some initiatives put in place by the Department of Justice and LDD to improve the quality of and accessibility to legislation.

“How Legislation is Made in Hong Kong” was published by the Department of Justice in June 2012. Because of the launch of Hong Kong e-Legislation (HKeL) in February 2017 (accessible at http://www.elegislation.gov.hk), contents of the publication may temporarily not be up-to-date insofar as they relate to the publication of consolidated legislation. If you wish to learn more about HKeL, please see “What is Hong Kong e-Legislation” and “FAQ”.

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Comments on the publication may be sent to: ldd@doj.gov.hk.

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