Explain the role and effectiveness of the law commission

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(a) Explain the role and effectiveness of the law commission

The Law Commission is the main law reform body. It was set up in 1965 by the Law Commission Act It is a full time body that consists of a chairman, 4 law commissioners, support staff to assist in research, and 4 parliamentary draftsmen. The Law Commission is an independent, government-funded organisation, which reviews areas of the law that need updating, reforming or developing. It makes recommendations to Parliament, and these recommendations are published in its report series. The Law Commission helps ensure that laws provide effectively for the current and future needs of our rapidly changing society. Their role which is set out in S.3 of this act states that they should: ‘keep under review all the law with a view to its systematic development and reform, elimination of anomalies, repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments, reduction of separate enactments, the simplification and modernisation of the law.’

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        The advantages of this law commission is that it is a full time body which shows that it is always in operation, it is the main law reform body, they have support staff to assist in research, they have a rotating chair person which shows that they have fresh ideas and brains and they have a clear role (S.3 of the act). The topics that the law commission have to consider are referred to by the Lord Chancellor on behalf of the government. Otherwise the Law Commission can select an area they feel is in need to reform. There are ...

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