Geoffrey Palmer, ‘The Law Reform Enterprise: Evaluating the Past and Chartering the Future’

This article reviews the origins of the Law Commissions Act 1965 (UK) and analyses how successful the Commissions have been. While the performance of the Commissions is found to be creditable, the article argues that after 50 years the experience with the Commissions has not matched the original vision. Codification was one of the original aims but has not been achieved. The explanation for failing to reform the law as envisaged lies in the control over legislation exerted by the Executive and Parliament. New methods are suggested for designing and processing legislation, methods that follow the processes developed by Law Commissions in the Commonwealth. Good governance and the rule of law require that legislation be made in a more transparent, systematic and rigorous way that ensures high quality, durable law. That can be accomplished only by parliamentary reform.

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, The Law Reform Enterprise: Evaluating the Past and Chartering the Future. (2015) 131 Law Quarterly Review 402.

First posted 2015-07-01 05:43:13

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