St. Maarten Transposition of laws almost complete

POSTED: 01/31/13 11:40 AM

St. Maarten – The last two sets of rewriting of legislation has been approved by the government. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams reported yesterday that the process was “intense” but she is happy that it is nearing completion.

In keeping with its new constitutional status all laws that apply to St. Maarten including laws that came from the former Netherlands Antilles and island ordinances, are being transposed.

In the not too distant future, there will be no references to the Netherlands Antilles and island territory but rather Country Sint Maarten on the law books.

The process demanded that the laws be first drafted in their right form, approved by the Council of Ministers and then go to the Governor for a review before being finalized.

“I am happy because all of these laws once they reach that stage will be made public and be there for all to take note of,” the prime minister said.

The government has already received the first batch of the translated organic laws.

“All of these matters contribute to the transparency that this government believes is important as we continue to build legislation,” Wescot-Williams stated.

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