The Constitution of the Republic of Malawi established the Law Commission in 1994. The enabling legislation, the Law Commission Act (Cap: 3:09), followed in 1998, 2 years after the Commission commenced full operations The primary statutory function of the Commission is to provide independent advice to Government on the reform of the law in Malawi. The work of the Commission is inclusive and participatory. The public and organizations at various levels take part in law reform The work of the Commission has been diverse since establishment. The Commission has reviewed and developed legislation on social, economic, cultural, civil and political issues in line with constitutional provisions and international standards. To date, the Commission has published a number of reports and all of them contained proposed legislation. Some of the proposals have been endorsed and enacted into legislation while others are pending before either the Cabinet or the Nation Assembly Core principles of the Commission Independence In the performance or exercise of functions, duties and powers Responsiveness In reacting promptly to the needs established by its stakeholders and the public for law reform and civic education Accountability In carrying out its mandate and use of resources Credibility With all organs of the state, development partners and the public Professionalism In the conduct of its staff and carrying out its mandate

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