Law Commissions Act 1965
The Law Commission has four main responsibilities:
- To systematically keep all English law under review
- To codify and consolidate areas of law
- Brings together the law on one topic into one source of law.
- On average, five Consolidation Bills are produced each year.
- To receive and consider proposals for law reform, and consult relevant parties.
- To propose areas for reform.
How does it perform the role?
- It researches a particular area
- Publishes a consultation paper that seeks views on the reform
- This describes the current law, sets out the problems, and looks at reform.
- Draws up proposals for reform, and possibly a Draft Bill.
- Government decides whether to make the proposed reforms.
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Is the Law Commission successful?
- Limited Success due to a lack of Parliamentary time
- Removing the crime Blasphemy from the law was suggested in 1985 - but didn't happen until 2008.
- Has made some changes.
- Law Reform (Year and a Day Rule) Act 1996 implemented changes to the law which before stated a person could not be convicted of murder if their victim died more than a year and a day after the attack.
- The Law Commission carried out consultation on the admissibility of expert evidence in court.
- Produced a report and Draft Bill on the defence of 'intoxication' in criminal law.
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