ADVERSE REPORT OF PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE
CRIMINAL LAW CODIFICATION AND REFORM
(STANDARD SCALE OF FINES, NOTICE, 2021
[Statutory Instrument 25 of 2021)
In pursuit of its constitutional mandate as provided in section 152(4) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, the Parliamentary Legal Committee (herein referred to as “the Committee) considered Statutory Instruments gazetted in January, 2021. After deliberations the Committee unanimously (5:0) resolved that an adverse report be issued in respect of Statutory Instrument 25 of 2021 due to the following reasons: The preamble of Statutory Instrument 25 of 2021 (Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) (Standard Scale of Fines) Notice, 2021 does not specify in its preamble who the Minister enacting the Statutory Instrument is. The reason why specifying the Minister is material is because the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) provides for two instances where either the Minister of Finance and Economic Development or the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs can increase the standard scale of fines through a Statutory instrument. In the instance where the Statutory Instrument increasing the Standard Scale of fines is published by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, after consultation with the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, the Statutory Instrument comes into effect in terms of section 280(5) and (7) of the Act.