Questionnaire To The Legislative Drafter
Are you a qualified Attorney-at-law? Yes / No
How long have you been practising law with the Attorney General’s Chambers?
a. 1yr to 5 yrs b. 6 yrs to 10 yrs c. 11 yrs to 15 yrs d. over 15 yrs
How long have you been practising as a drafter in the Legislative Drafting Unit within the Attorney General’s Chambers?
a. 1 yr to 5 yrs b. 6 yrs to 10 yrs c. 11 yrs to 15 yrs d. over 15 yrs
Are you a certified and trained in the specialized skill of Legislative Drafting?
Yes / No
5. How are your Drafting Instructions received?
a. Written b. (over the telephone) c. Verbal (face to face)
d. Combination of a & b e. combination of b & c
What type of office/department do the majority of your written Drafting Instructions originate from?
a. Legal Officers within gov’t departments
b. Permanent Secretary of govt department
c. Cabinet Secretary
d. Office the Prime Minister
e. Parliamentary Representative Office
Referring to the foregoing question 6, what are the combination ways have you received a Drafting Instruction for piece of legislation?
a. Only _______ ;
b. A combination of _____ & ______ ;
c. A combination of _____ , _______ & ______ ;
d. A combination of ____ , _____ , ______ & _____ .
How would you rate the level of interaction with the Policy Maker “the
politician”, once a formal Drafting Instruction is assigned on your desk?
b. Almost never;
How would rate the level of interaction with thew Policy Maker “the
technocrat’ with the instructing government department once a formal
Drafting Instruction is assigned on your desk?
b. Almost never
List and describe the procedural steps taken by you, the Legislative Drafter to produce a new piece of of legislation.
List and describe the procedural steps taken by you, the of the Legislative
drafter to produce an amended piece of legislation?
Are you familiar with the Legislative Drafting principles of Grant Thornton?
Yes / No
Which of his five (5) principles best describes your approach to drafting a
piece of legislation?
a. Understanding the proposal
b. Analysing the proposal,
c. Designing the law
d. Composing & developing the law
e. Verifying the draft
f. a Combination of ________
g. All of the above.
Have you ever been directed by a policy maker contrary to a written
Drafting Instruction? Yes / No
Would you consider yourself a solitary drafter?
Do you feel exposed to the political whims & fancies of the policy
maker to produce legislation quick legislation? Yes / No
Through the established Legislative Drafting procedures of your LD
Unit, do you feel buffered, shielded from the overarching policymaker,
who is both a member Executive and the Legislature?
If your response is No, expound and state why.