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Deliberation on the Review Report on Drafting a Civil Liability Bill

Posted on :09 December 2021

Deliberation on the Review Report on Drafting a Civil Liability Bill

The House carried out an in-depth deliberation on the Review Report on Drafting a Civil Liability Bill presented by the Legislative Committee (LC).

In the 27th Session of the National Council, the Legislative Committee recognized the need for a tort law in the country, and inspired by His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo’s vision of an accountable society based on Rule of Law, LC submitted a proposal for the enactment of a tort law. Accordingly, the House directed the LC to draft a Civil Liability Bill (Bill).


Presenting the review report, the Committee members expressed that having such law in place can provide monetary compensation or damages for harm or injury as a result of commission or omission/negligence by either organization (Government or private) or by an individual. The members also reported that The Civil Liability Law will provide relief to the injured parties for harms caused by others and deter others from committing harmful acts.


They also detailed out the  works done so far, the difficulties encountered, an overview of Torts Law, and the way forward. 


Reporting that the Committee will continue with the review, research and stakeholder consultations, the Committee  proposed that a draft Bill will be submitted to the House. 


The Hon’ble Members also expressed their concerns and views on the need to have the Tort Law; deferring the time proposed by the Committee in drafting the Bill for comprehensive review; adverse impact in implementing such an Act; conflicting and duplication of provisions in the existing the laws of the country ; issues related to cyber defamation amongst others. 


Tomorrow, the House will adopt United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee will present the Review Report on Mental Health Issues an Suicides in Bhutan.


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