The Commission's recommendations for law reform have a profound practical effect on the legal rights, duties and liabilities of a large number of people - but only if they are implemented by Parliament. We can make recommendations but only Parliament can change the law. More than two-thirds of the Commission's law reform recommendations have been implemented, and a number await the Government's decision or Parliamentary time. As a result of the Commission's ongoing work, large areas of the law have been the subject of systematic investigation and improvement.
- The implementation log shows which of our projects have been accepted, implemented or await a decision.
- In this lecture, delivered to the Bar Law Reform Committee in November 2007, Sir Terence Etherton, then Chairman of the Law Commission, outlines the origins of the Commission.
The Law Commission Act 2009 and the Protocol
The Law Commission Act 2009 came into force on 12 January 2010. The Act:
- creates a duty on the Lord Chancellor to report annually to Parliament on the extent to which Government has implemented Law Commission recommendations, and
- allows for a Protocol between the Lord Chancellor (on behalf of the Government) and the Law Commission, which sets out how Ministers of the Crown, Government Departments and the Law Commission should work together.
The purpose of the Law Commission Act 2009 and the Protocol is to improve the rate at which the Commission’s recommendations for reform of the law are implemented by Government.