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Introduction of the Civil and Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2019

Posted on :21 January 2020

In the 5th Sitting, the Legislative Committee introduced the Civil and Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2019.
The Bill was tabled on 29th May 2019 and passed on June 6, 2019 during the Third Session of the Parliament. 
The Legislative Committee of the House was assigned to review and prepare for the deliberation on the Bill.
In total, there are 215 sections and 44 Chapters in the original Act (2001). The Bill was last amended in 2011.
Highlighting the background and research work carried out by the Committee on reviewing the Bill, Hon’ble Choining Dorji, Chair of the Legislative Committee, reported that the Committee had conducted an in-depth review on the Bill and on the amendments received from the National Assembly. He said that the Committee had carried out various consultation meetings with the concerned officials and relevant agencies. 
Hon’ble Dhan Kumar Sunwar, Deputy Chair of the Committee, presented the proposed recommendations of the Committee.  He reported that the National Assembly passed a total of 9 changes to the Bill: 7 amendments, 1 new insertion and 1 removal. He informed the House that the Committee has proposed a total of 18 changes to the Bill: 10 amendments, 2 new insertions, 3 removals and 3 retentions.  
Except for few clarifications, the House adopted all the recommendations proposed by the Committee. The House also directed the Committee to deliberate on two proposals made by the members on the need to have a clear procedures on the interpretation of ambiguous on the provisions of laws to create an understanding between the Judiciary and the Parliament; and on the bailable and non-bailable offences.  
The Bill will be adopted on 7 February 2020 as per the agenda of the House.
Tomorrow, the House will be in recess, however, the Committees will be continuing with their meetings.


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