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The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law under review and to recommend reform where it is needed. The aim of the Commission is to ensure that the law is:

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Law Commission Chairman, Sir David Lloyd Jones

Law Commission Chairman, Sir David Lloyd Jones

“I am delighted to announce the Law Commission’s new programme of law reform.

“The programme has nine new projects that touch on many areas of life, including consumer prepayments, mental capacity and detention, wills, land registration, firearms and planning law in Wales. These projects have the potential to deliver reforms that could have a profound and far-reaching impact on many lives.

“The law has an essential role to play in protecting the vulnerable. One of our new projects considers how the law can protect the rights of people who lack the capacity to consent to necessary medical care. We will consider how consumers  who have bought vouchers or made other prepayments can be protected when companies collapse, and we will review the law on “logbook loans”. An invalid will can leave families without protection and frustrate the deceased person’s wishes. We will consider how the law can be made clearer and more certain so more wills might be made but fewer will be invalid.

“There is much in the new programme to improve public confidence in the justice system. We will propose a more straightforward sentencing procedure which would make criminal sentencing more accessible and intelligible. We will consider how the outdated law that governs firearms may be modernised and simplified. As it stands, the law on firearms hampers the police and courts in detecting and punishing crime.

“For the first time, our programme contains projects that look specifically at the law in Wales. We will produce recommendations for reforming planning law in Wales, and to improve the accessibility of the law in force in Wales.

“We are very grateful to everyone who responded to our consultation on the Twelfth Programme. We now look forward to starting work on these challenging, exciting and very important new projects.”

The Rt Hon Lord Justice Lloyd Jones, Chairman

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