Who We Are
The Law Development Commission is a statutory body established on 1 November 1988, in terms of Section 3 of the Law Development Commission Act [Chapter 1:02]. It is, therefore, a body corporate capable of suing and being sued in its corporate name and can, subject to the Act, perform all acts that bodies corporate may by law perform.
The independence of the Commission is, however limited, as its projects and programmes are subject to the approval of the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Financially, the Commission is solely and exclusively dependent on funds appropriated by Parliament through the Ministry of Justice, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs, for that purpose. Further, while the Commission is headed by the Deputy Chairman, who is not a civil servant, all the members of staff in the Commission are civil servants falling under the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
To attain local and international recognition for excellence in law reform and law revision.
To contribute to the attainment of an equitable and just legal system through revision, harmonization, development and reform of the law.
What We Do
- Promoting development of the law.
- Reviewing the law and its administration.
- Making proposals for the elimination from the law of any defects of a policy or substantive nature.
- Making proposals for bringing the law into accord with current national and international trends.
- Proposing new or more effective procedures for the administration of the law and the dispensing of justice.
- Making proposals for the fusion or harmonization of the customary law with general laws of Zimbabwe.
- Making proposals for the simplification or codification of any branch of law.
- Promote reform of law.
- Constantly updating the statues and statutory instruments of Zimbabwe
- Compiling tables and indexes to statutes.
- Consolidating into one statute two or more statutes.
- Producing annual volumes of the revised statutes.
- Correcting grammatical and typographical errors.
- Making alterations of names, locations and localities as necessary.
- Invite, receive and consider suggestions from the stakeholders.
Summarising and Indexing Court Judgments
- Summarising and High Court and Supreme Court Judgments to ease referencing
- Indexing the judgments according to the subject matter to ease access and research
- Statutes law updated to 30/09/13
- Harare High Court Judgments summarized and indexed to 31/12/2012
- Supreme Court Judgments summarized and indexed to 31/12/2011
- Bulawayo High Court Judgments summarized and indexed to 31/12/2012
News and Events
The Commission is a member of the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) that is coordinated by the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). To date, the Commission has benefited through capacity enhancement programmes initiated by JLOS in the form of staff development, as well as the provision of office equipment and continuously participates in many of the Sector’s programmes.
Outside the borders, LDC is a member of the Association of Law Reform Agencies of Eastern and Southern Africa (ALRAESA) and currently sits on the Executive Committee
- Law Development Commission Act [Chapter 1:02]
- Interpretation Act [Chapter 1:01]
- Statute Law Compilation and Revision Act [Chapter 1:03]
- Constitution of Zimbabwe
- Draft Final Discussion Paper Extra Judicial Debt Collection
- Company Act Review
The Law Development Commission and its Secretariat of the Commission is housed in the New Government Complex Building, 1st Floor, C Block , Office C213, Corner 4th Street and Central Avenue, Harare.
The Deputy Chairman
Law Development Commission
P.O Box HR 9250
Republic of Zimbabwe
1. Question: Can I submit proposals for law reform?
Answer: Yes, you can. The Commission will refer your submission to the appropriate Ministry.
2. Question: Which areas for law reform are you responsible for?
Answer: We receive areas of reform from the Ministry or Department within the Ministry of Justice, Legal and
Parliamentary Affairs. We do, however, assist in the identification of areas of law requiring reform. .
3. Question: When was the last edition of the revised statutes produced?
Answer: The last edition was produced in 1996.