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Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs is responsible for the administration of justice through the various courts; the drafting of all new legislation and amendments to existing laws; Administration of Estates; the conduct of National and local government elections and bye-elections of Members of Parliament (House of Assembly), Tindvuna teTinkhundla and Bucopho in the country and the fight and prevention of corruption, provision of safe custody and rehabilitation of offenders; and the promotion and protection of human rights and enforcement of the leadership code of conduct. 

The operations of Swaziland Association for Crime Prevention & Rehabilitation of Offenders (SACRO), whose responsibility is to rehabilitate offenders and advocate a fairer Juvenile justice system, are supervised under the Ministry.  This organization receives a subvention annually from Government through the Ministry to further its mandate.

MANDATE

“To promote and facilitate effective and efficient machinery capable of providing a legal framework for good governance and delivering legal advice and services to the Government, its allied institutions and the general public”.

THE ROLE OF THE MINISTRY

  • Co-ordinating, advising on, providing support and implementation of policies which will foster the effective administration of law and justice as well as constitutional governance.
  • Facilitating the development and enactment of appropriate legislation.
  • Initiating and facilitating the revision and reform of the laws of Swaziland and providing an effective mechanism for their change.
  • Advising the Government and its allied institutions on legal matters.
  • Drafting all proposed laws and legal documents.
  • Instituting or defending civil suits in which Government and/or its allied institutions are party and ensuring that court decisions are satisfied.
  • Overseeing the training of lawyers.
  • Promoting and fostering adherence to the rule of law and natural justice.
  • Promoting and protecting human rights.
  • Fighting and preventing corruption in society
  • Managing the conduct of National and local government elections.
  • Providing safe custody of inmates and offering rehabilitation services
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