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Saturday, 12 February 2011

Publication of laws in Sierra Leone

Kadidja tells us that in Sierra Leone some of the laws are published on line at

She says: All I can say is that it has made life tremendously easy for not only drafters and lawyers in Sierra Leone but also for the educated non-lawyer, investors and others who would want access to our laws. It is surely a good thing and must be encouraged in other jurisdiction. As Rosmizan put it, this will be a great challenge for us drafters to do a good job in our profession because we will have it at the back of our minds that any statute/laws draft by us is not only scrutinized by our nationals and users but the whole world. Thinking about it really, reveals that it is an all round good step. Mistakes can be seen as well by others and amended, new ideas will come in from other jurisdiction and if it is done well, other jurisdictions are bound to copy those laws.


  1. It's good when new legislation is published free online - and indeed it is hard to see how any government can justify not doing this in today's internet world. But - unless the database is kept up to date to reflect amendments, and few governments are able or willing to provide the resources to do that (the UK official legislation site is not up to date even for all Acts) - there is a danger, particularly for non-lawyers, that people will assume that they are reading the up-to-date law. Reading an out of date text is of course worse than useless - it is dangerously misleading; but it is always surprising how many lawyers go around with Queen's Printer's copies of Acts that are ten or more years old, and seem blissfully unaware that what they are reading is as likely to be wrong as not. So these databases should all come either with an upating guarantee (most unlikely) or a clear warning that people should not consult them for a statement of current law.

  2. I would agree bec educating people with the law is already justifiable for our own rights.

  3. Or, to put it another way, can it ever be justifiable to interfere with people's rights without giving them a fair and free opportunity to find out, in advance, exactly how much one has interfered?

  4. i have seen many youtube video abput this country all the blood/ what has the world come to killing people like this