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1 Preliminary preparation

Preliminary preparation is the first step in the legislative drafting process. It involves the accumulation of information and insights on the objective or issue expressed in the legislative initiative, an evaluation of the need to launch a legislative project, and the planning of the objectives, brief and implementation of the upcoming project. The procedures and comprehensiveness of preliminary preparation depend on the scope of the matter at hand. Preliminary preparation may be accomplished as a part of the ministry’s ordinary official duties or a preparatory body may be appointed. Studies and reports may be commissioned for the purposes of accumulating information and evaluating the needs for amendment. Preliminary preparation concludes in the launch of a legislative project or a decision not to initiate legislative drafting.

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