Martin Partington: Spotlight on the Justice System

Keeping the English Legal System under review

Law Reform – progress with Law Commission reports

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The Government has just published the first Annual Report giving details of its responses to Law Commission reports. These are made under the Law Commissions Act 2009.

Having been a Law Commissioner I am particularly interested in those reports for which I was responsible. At least 2 – Publication of Local Authority Reports and Housing: Proportionate Dispute Resolution – are not mentioned at all. And a key feature of our work on Housing – that the law affecting all landlords, whether private or public sector, should be unified – is also wholly ignored.

There are an awful lot of other reports which are still in the pending trays in Government. Perhaps it is understandable that at the beginning of a new Parliament with a new Government wanting to deliver lots of new initiatives, detailed matters of law reform are lower on the political agenda.

This will need careful scrutiny to see whether the Law Commission’s impact is what it should be – given the resources devoted to its work.

The report is available at


Written by lwtmp

January 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Posted in Chapter 4

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