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* The Law Commission: True Dawns and False Dawns

STEPHEN CRETNEY

in Law, Law Reform and the Family

Published in print December 1998 | ISBN: 9780198268710
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268710.003.0001
* The Law Commission: True Dawns and False Dawns

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The Law Commission of the United Kingdom was established by the Law Commissions Act 1965 which requires it to take and keep the law under review, to see to its ‘systematic development and reform’, and to work towards the simplification and modernisation of the law. The proposal that a body of Law Commissioners be established to take charge of the planning and drafting of law reform measures had first been publicised in 1963 in a collection of essays, Law Reform NOW, edited by Gerald Gardiner. After the enactment of the Law Commissions Act 1965, there are still questions to be asked about the Commission's place in the political structure, such as the relationship between the Commission and Parliament.

Keywords: Law Commissions Act 1965; Law Commission; law reform; modernisation; Gerald Gardiner; United Kingdom; Parliament

Chapter.  20686 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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