Saturday , November 26 2022

Citizens invited to think about legislation

People throughout the Dutch Caribbean are called to think about laws and rules to develop society in connection with the thirtieth anniversary of Antillean Law Association AJV. This writes The Daily Herald. Via crowd sourcing, the association wants to harvest ideas, plans and initiatives from a large group of people, which are to result in one serious new proposal for a draft law.

AVJ has a membership of approximately 400 persons working in the legal profession, but citizens of Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are also invited to think about legislation. One or several of the submitted ideas are to be worked out into a serious proposal for new legislation.

Member of the Joint Court of Justice Professor Jan de Boer, who is experienced in writing laws, has offered his assistance. The draft law is to be submitted to the parliament of the country in question, it was stated. AVJ said it already received many suggestions. More than thirty law “proposals” have already been submitted via AVJ’s Twitter account. These are not all as practical and serious, but still funny and interesting, AVJ said. Many proposals have to do with the protection of nature and the environment and with traffic safety. Crime fighting is also a prominent subject. Several persons said it was a good idea to reintroduce the death penalty. It was found remarkable that, especially legal workers want to abolish legislation, instead of introducing new laws. One lawyer pleaded for scratching off “symbolic” laws. Another attorney said that new laws are not needed, but enforcing existing legislation was. One submitter said the Ordinance on Stamps, which dates from 1908, should be abolished. Based on suggestions, AJV said it has been proven that crowd sourcing can be a source for politicians, civil servants and lawmakers to create good legislation. However, some prudence is required, because not every law proposal is suitable for implementation, AVJ stated. Suggestions for new laws or for the abolishment or adaptation of existing laws may be submitted to AVJ until March 1 via Twitter@ant_juristen or via email antilliaansejuristenvereniging@gmail.com.

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