Law commission

A law commission, law reform commission, or law revision commission is an independent body set up by a government to conduct law reform; that is, to consider the state of laws in a jurisdiction and make recommendations or proposals for legal changes or restructuring.

The first term is prevalent in the United Kingdom, the second is prevalent in the Commonwealth, and the third one is prevalent in the United States, where "reform" is too strong a term (it necessarily implies the legislature must have been incompetent or corrupt).


The functions of a law commission body include drafting revised versions of confusing laws, preparing consolidated versions of laws, making recommendations on updating outdated laws and making recommendations on repealing obsolete or spent laws. Law commissions often undertake projects focusing on legislation, although their mandates may be narrower or broader.[1]

List of law commissions

See also


  1. Tilbury, Michael; Young, Simon N. M.; Ng, Ludwig (2014-01-01). Reforming Law Reform: Perspectives from Hong Kong and Beyond. Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 9789888208241.
  2. "After a decade-long Conservative reign, what's on Trudeau's justice agenda?". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  3. Archived 2008-08-20 at
  4. The Solicitors Journal. 1952. Volume 96. Page 285.
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