Explanatory notes to proposed criminal codes launched: Notes expected to create informed civic discourse around law making

20 Dec 2013

image(THE THEN) HONORABLE ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE DAMODAR PRASAD SHARMA (IN THE MIDDLE) LAUNCHING THE EXPLANATORY NOTES TO THE PROPOSED CRIMINAL CODE, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CODE, AND SENTENCING BILL IN THE NATIONAL JUDICIAL ACADEMY IN DECEMBER 2013

Nepal Judicial Academy with support from Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights Protection System in Nepal Programme (RoLHR)/UNDP launched Explanatory Notes to the proposed Criminal Code, 2067, Criminal Procedure Code, 2067 and Sentencing Bill, 2067 in December 2013.

The launching ceremony was graced by Hon. Acting Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma and other high ranking officers from law and justice sector. On the occasion, former Secretary of Law and Justice Ministry Mr Madhav Prasad Poudel, Executive Director of the Nepal Judicial Academy Mr. Raghablal Baidhya and other law scholars shed light on the background and significance of the work.

"Nepal has made a commendable move towards codification and amendments of the criminal laws in course of strengthening the legal frameworks in line with international norms" said Director Baidhya.

In order to ensure that enacted laws do not simply remain written in book but are translated into application, it is essential that the public, researchers, academia and other stakeholders know about the progress taking place in the law making process. Thus, the clause-wise 'Explanatory Notes' to each of the abovementioned criminal codes have been developed for facilitating the national discourse on them. The notes will also to help the new parliamentarians (lawmakers) know about the intended objective and intention of the proposed laws and the philosophy behind enacting them. The explanatory notes, aim to provide relevant information to all rule of law actors and to serve as a tool for advocacy to get these pending codes/bills passed by the parliament with a priority.