What we do

The Law Reform Commission Act 1975 states that the Commission's role is to keep the law under review and to conduct research with a view to the reform of the law.  The 1975 Act defines law reform to include:

  • the development of law
  • its codification (including its simplification and modernisation) and
  • the revision and consolidation of statute law. 

Sources for the Law Reform Commission Work

The Commission's law reform research work arises from two main sources:

1.) under a Programme of Law Reform prepared by the Commission and agreed by Government and laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas under the 1975 Act; and

2.) in accordance with a request from the Attorney General under the 1975 Act.

1.) Programmes of Law Reform

A Programme of Law Reform is prepared by the Commission, approved by Government and placed before both Houses of the Oireachtas in accordance with the 1975 Act.

Please click here for more information about the Current and Previous Programmes of the Law Reform

2.) Attorney General Requests

Under the 1975 Act, the Attorney General may also request the Commission to examine specific areas of law in addition to those in a Programme of Law Reform. 

To date the Commission has published 43 reports on matters referred to it by the Attorney General.  You can see a separate list of these reports here and the relevant reports are also included on our list of project publications by year and can be searched by keyword via our search our publications hub.