Her Excellency Mrs Dalal Jassim Al-Zayed, Chairman of the Legislative and Legal Affairs committee confirmed that the committee had taken a decision to hold its meetings remotely, in compliance with the wise leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, may God protect them, regarding taking necessary measures to prevent Corona virus (Covid -19) and urging the implementation of teleworking, as the committee held its first tele-meetings this morning (Wednesday 18March2020).
Al-Zayed pointed out that the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee is the first committee to implement the technology of holding meetings remotely, using modern and approved software, praising His Excellency Mr. Ali bin Saleh Al-Saleh, Chairman of the Shura Council for providing the proficiencies and tools that enables the Council’s committees to perform their legislative work .
Al-Zayed explained that the members of the committee agreed on a number of rules and instructions for holding meetings, noting their response to activating the technology of remote meeting, which reflects their national responsibility and their dedication to implement the wise leadership’s directions on the Corona virus (Covid- 19).
Al-Zayed reported that the committee will hold its second meeting remotely tomorrow (Thursday), and will discuss a draft law on an agreement signed between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Spain.
The Chair and members of the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee thanked and appreciated the efforts of the Secretary-General and the staff of the Secretariat. Appraising the efforts made by the Information Technology and Communications Department in the General Secretariat of the Council, especially Mrs. Abeer Al-Obaidli, Director of the Department, and Mr. Hashem Al-Alawi, Head of Information Systems section, and his keenness to train and familiarize the members of the committee with the mechanism of using remote meeting technology, and to conduct successful trials of this technology.
On the other hand, the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee affirmed the constitutional and legal integrity of a draft law promulgating the Maritime Law, accompanying Decree No. (29) of 2018.
The committee deliberated a draft law by adding a second paragraph to Article (159) of the Criminal Procedure Law issued by Decree Law No. (46) of 2002 (prepared on the law proposal “as amended” submitted by the distinguished Council of Representatives) and a draft law amending some provisions of the Criminal Procedure Law Issued by Decree Law No. (46) of 2002, accompanying Decree No. (21) of 2019, whereby the committee considered conforming to the amendments made by the Council of Representatives to the two draft laws.
The committee examined the objectives of the two draft laws and the amendments contained therein, and compared them with the implemented law and set to prepare its legal opinions on the three projects and refer them to the relevant committees to study them.