WAEC and JAMB Government : Three Arms of Government


Three Arms of Government

Government is structured into three arms  of government and these are known as: the legislative, the executive and also the judiciary arm.


The Legislative Arm

This is the law creating section of state, known as the Parliament, and also the citizens of Western Australia choose its members.


There are 2 styles of legislature: Unicameralism and Bicameralism.



• A single house

• Permits fast action

• Avoids stalemate or conflict in legislation

• Less costly



• Two houses

• Make helpful revision of legislation

• Assist in sharing the work-load

The main purpose of the legislative arm of Government is mostly

• To ordain (to build laws),

• To set the budget for the government

• And to set domestic policies. In several cases, particularly republics like the US or China, the executive arm (i.e., the President) is constitutionally chargeable for Foreign policies and affairs (i.e., creating State visits to other countries and allies, accepting or rejecting the passports of envoys, and so on).


The Executive Arm

This is the law administering (carrying-out) section of state, known as the executive, and its members are drawn from the members of parliament whose party has the bulk of seats within the assembly.


This arm is responsible to the Parliament, and so the individuals, for its actions.


In Western Australia, the executive arm of the state is formally depicted by the executive Council.


The Governor under legal document issued by Her Majesty the Queen choses the executive Council. Formally it consists of all the members of the ministry and is presided over by the Governor.


All ministers conjointly meet as a body known as the cabinet. Cabinet isn’t recognised within the Constitution, however in practice makes the main choices about Government policy and guides ministerial decision-making.


It ought to be noted that in Australia the term ‘the Government’ is usually used to refer to the executive Government.


This can be as a result of the direction of affairs essentially being within the hands of the body that holds government power.


The Judicial Arm

The third arm of the central government is a self-governing judiciary. The Judiciary interprets the laws, utilising as a basis the laws as enacted and instructive statements created within the assembly during the enactment.


To realize this, there are 3 major tiers of courts:


Magistrates Courts – This is a court where civil cases involving less quantity of cash and cases involving minor crimes are detected.


High Courts – The court of appeal for cases from the magistrates’ courts, and also the court where major civil and criminal cases are first heard.


Supreme Court – the ultimate court of appeal for matters not relating to the constitution.


Constitutional Court – the ultimate court of appeal for matters associated with the constitution. The Constitutional Court has special authority over certain kinds of cases. The Constitutional Court alone might hear the following cases:


• disputes between organs of state within the national or provincial sphere regarding the constitutional standing, powers or functions of any of these organs of state


• the constitutionality of any legislative or provincial bill;


• applications created by MPs or MPLs relating to the constitutionality of national legislation or a provincial act;


• the constitutionality of any change to the Constitution;


• whether Parliament or the President has not fulfilled a constitutional obligation


• Endorse a provincial constitution.


The Duties Of The Judicial Arm

• Interpreting laws

• Resolving legal clashes and rows

• admonishing violators of the law

• Hearing civil matters

• Defending people’s rights granted by the state constitution

• Deciding the guiltiness or innocence of those alleged to have violated the criminal laws of the state

• Performing a check and balance upon the legislative and executive arms of government.


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