The Drafting Section is a department within the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs,
and it has its offices at the
Ministry’s Headquarters at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.
It is headed by
the Chief Legislative Counsel (CLC)
who is appointed
by the President.
The CLC is assisted
by the Assistant Chief Legislative Counsel, Legislative Counsel,
Counsel of various grades, Law Revision Officers and a Bill transcriber.
Objectives and Core Functions
The specific objectives and core functions of the Drafting Section are to-
Provide drafting services to Government ministries and departments.
Ensure that laws are amended to respond to the upcoming socio-economic needs of
the people of Malawi.
Advise Government ministries and departments on the need to amend the statutes governing
(or functions) in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi.
Ensure that all laws in Malawi are drafted in a manner that reflects the values and aspirations
of the people
Give sound, quality and effective legal advice to Government ministries and departments.
Respond timely to legal problems arising out of the obligations of Government.
Give the necessary support to Government in preparation and negotiation of agreements
and other legal
Responsibilities of officers
Officers in the Section are responsible for-
Drafting and processing of principal legislation, including Financial and Loan Authorization
or Ratification Bills for
consideration by Parliament.
Drafting and vetting of subsidiary legislation, including regulations, rules, by-laws on behalf
Assisting Government ministries in preparing cabinet papers.
Facilitating training workshop on the drafting of legal documents.
Assisting Government in negotiating international agreements, including negotiations on loan
and grant agreements.
Drafting and vetting of agreements, contracts and other legal instruments on behalf of Government
Provision of legal advice to Government ministries and departments.