Law Reform Commission
LAW REFORM COMMISSION‘S ROLE
The Law Reform Commission is an independents
tatutory body establishedby the Law Reform Commission Act 1975.
The Commission‘s principal role is to keep the law under review and to make
proposals for reform, in particular by recommending the enactment of legislation
to clarify and modernise the law. Since it was established, the Commission has
published over 150 documents (Consultation Papers and Reports) containing proposals
for law reform and these are all available at www.lawreform.ie. Most of these proposals
have led to reforming legislation.
The Commission‘s role is carried out primarily under a Programme of Law Reform. Its
Third Programme of Law Reform 2008 – 2014 was prepared by the Commission following broad
consultation and discussion. In accordance with the 1975 Act, it was approved by
the Government in December 2007 and placed before both Houses of the Oireachtas.
The Commission also works on specific matters referred to it by the Attorney General
under the 1975 Act. Since 2006, the Commission‘s role includes two other areas of activity, Statu
te Law Restatement and the Legislation Directory.
Statute Law Restatement involves the administrative consolidation of all amendments to
an Act into a single text, making legislation more accessible. Under the Statute Law
(Restatement) Act 2002, where this text is certified by the Attorney General it can be
relied on as evidence of the law in question. The Legislation Directory -previously called the Chronological Tables of the Statutes -is a searchable annotated guide to legislative changes.
After the Commission took over responsibility for this important resource, it decided to change
the name to Legislation Directory to indicate its function more clearly.