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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:

  • fair
  • modern
  • simple
  • effective
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  • A New Sentencing Code for England and Wales

    Today we are publishing the first consultation in our project to create a New Sentencing Code for England and Wales. The law on sentencing affects all criminal cases, and is applied in hundreds of thousands of trials and at thousands of appeals each year. But it lacks coherence and clarity: it is spread across many statutes, … Read more >

  • Codifying public nuisance and outraging public decency

    In our latest report, we recommend reforms to the common law offences of public nuisance and outraging public decency. Public nuisance traditionally dealt with environmental nuisance such as noise, smells and obstruction, but its focus has shifted to more general forms of public misbehaviour, bringing a wider range of potential offenders into its scope. Outraging … Read more >

  • Consumer prepayments on retailer insolvency

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    What happens to your gift voucher or the deposit you’ve paid when a retailer goes bust? And what if your Christmas savings scheme collapses? Under existing law, your money is unlikely to be protected and you may not get it back. In our latest consultation we ask whether greater protection is needed for consumers who … Read more >

  • Bringing the statute book up to date

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    An Act from 1979 allowing referendums for a Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly is among legislation being recommended for repeal by the Law Commissions. In a report published today the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission propose clearing away more than 200 old laws that are cluttering up the statute … Read more >

  • Criminal Cases Review Commission

    Reporting on its inquiry into the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the House of Commons Justice Select Committee has recommended that the Law Commission review the Court of Appeal’s grounds for allowing appeals. It would be for the government to respond to this recommendation and ask the Law Commission to consider whether or not to conduct such a review. We have … Read more >