Explain the meaning of the term “statute” and highlight the advantages of statute law

“Statute” literally means Act of Parliament. This is law made by parliament in exercise of the legislative power conferred upon it by the Constitution. A statute begins as a Bill which goes through several stages to become so. Examples include Agriculture Act, Companies Act, Judicature Act, Kadhis Court Act.

However, the term „statute‟ can be used to describe a category or type of delegated legislation e.g. under the Universities Act, Councils of Public Universities are empowered to make “statutes.” Statute law enjoys certain advantages. These include:

• Resolution of legal problems: It enables society resolve legal problems as and when they arise by enacting new statutes or amending those in existence.
• Dynamism: enable society keep pace with changes in other spheres e.g. economic,political etc.
• Democratic: it is made by representatives of the people and is therefore democratic.
• General application: consists of general principles applicable at different times.
• Uniformity: regulates the conduct and activities of all indiscriminately.
• Superiority: it prevails over all other sources of law other than the Constitution.
• Publicity: it is the most widely published source of law.



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