Legislating the Criminal Code

In 1989 we produced a draft Criminal Code. It was in many respects a statement of the existing law or of fairly recent proposals for reform, which were open to criticism. Accordingly, we subsequently adopted a policy of reviewing areas of criminal law so that one by one they would be modernised, where appropriate, before … Read more >

Level Crossings

Project status: Complete

There are between 7,500 and 8,000 level crossings on the railway network in Great Britain. Every year, people are killed or seriously injured in accidents on level crossings, and level crossings can cause considerable inconvenience to drivers, pedestrians (particularly disabled users), cyclists, horse riders and others. In this project we examined the legal framework governing … Read more >

Liability for Psychiatric Illness

Project status: Complete

This project is concerned with the law relating to liability for negligently inflicted psychiatric illness. The aim of our recommendations for reform was to remove what we believe to be unnecessary constraints on claims for negligently inflicted psychiatric illness, thereby alleviating the arbitrariness of the current law, but without giving rise to fears of uncontrolled … Read more >

Limitation of Actions

Project status: Complete

In this project we reviewed the law on limitation periods. We recommended that the problems with the existing law should be resolved by the introduction of a single, core limitation regime, which would apply, as far as possible, to all claims for a remedy for a wrong, claims for the enforcement of a right and … Read more >