MoLA pushes for structure of law offices, capacity development of legal officers, staff

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The online coordination meeting of the Ministry of Legal Affairs in progress.

The Ministry of Legal Affairs organized a virtual coordination meeting yesterday.
During the meeting, Union Minister for Legal Affairs and Union Attorney-General Dr Thida Oo said the duties of the Union Attorney-General will be served in accord with the Union Attorney-General Law and the procedures of the ministry will be also published soon. There would be coordination of the rule of law and justice division, e-Government division, human resource management division, monitoring and evaluation division, local and foreign relations division, legal research division and public complaint settlement division, and the ministry is currently running with four departments.
The Legal Advisory Department analyzes the laws, bylaws, rules, regulations, orders, notification orders, directives and procedures (draft) sent by the Union-level institutions and the ministries concerned. The stipulated laws are also translated into English and published as the Myanmar Law book.
The Legal Translation Commission has translated 26 laws, and the laws translated into Myanmar by the commission will be published as The Penal Code Book No (9).
The Union minister then highlighted the duties of the Legal Advisory Department and the need to follow the existing laws, bylaws, instructions and legal documents in inspecting the contracts.
She also talked about the Prosecution Department that serves in criminal cases and civil suits on behalf of the State and the duties of legal officers to be well-versed in existing laws for the cases with solid evidence.
She said the State Administration Council released the Order Nos 147/2021 and 172/2021 to withdraw the ongoing proceedings, and so the relevant courts should conduct according to the Union Attorney-General Law in dropping the cases.
Moreover, the ministry tries hard to establish e-Government and publishes SOPs for departments. The ministry also implements the procedures in line with “Providing Legal Service for Justice (2020-2024),” especially for business-related contract inspection training, law drafting training and capacity building of legal officers and staff for the benefits of the country and people. Then, the regions/states advocate-general offices presented their respective work plans of the four departments under the ministry. — MNA

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