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.
“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