The purpose of the organization is to harmonize the laws of the provinces and territories of Canada, and where appropriate the federal laws as well. It also makes recommendations for changes to federal criminal legislation based on identified deficiencies, defects or gaps in the existing law, or based on problems created by judicial interpretation of existing law. The Uniform Law Conference of Canada operates in two sections: the Criminal Section and the Civil Section. The Criminal Section unites prosecutors from federal, provincial and territorial governments with defense counsel and judges to consider proposals to amend criminal laws, which are mainly under federal authority in Canada. The meetings of the Section give the provinces and territories a chance to ask the federal government to make the system better reflect the challenges they face in performing that administration. The Civil Section assembles government policy lawyers and analysts, private lawyers and law reformers to consider areas in which provincial and territorial laws would benefit from harmonization. Sometimes the federal government has related responsibilities, and it participates in the appropriate discussions in such cases. The work undertaken by the Conference assists the Department in its work and aims to improve the administration of justice across Canada.