The Law Reform Commission has begun initial preparations for a new Programme of Law Reform and now invites submissions as to areas of law that may be in need of reform. Under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975, the Commission is required to prepare from time to time a Programme of Law Reform, which forms the principal basis on which we carry out our statutory mandate to keep the law under review with a view to its reform and modernisation. The new Programme of Law Reform will, as provided by the 1975 Act, be prepared by the Commission in consultation with the Attorney General for submission by the Taoiseach to the Government for approval.
We are inviting all interested parties to make submissions on possible areas of law to be considered for inclusion in the new Programme of Law Reform. Submissions need not be in any particular format, though a structured response form is provided. Submissions may be sent by email to email@example.com or by letter to Law Reform Commission, Fifth Programme of Law Reform, 35-39 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
The Commission will consider the proposed projects contained in submissions by reference to the following criteria.
(a) Public benefit: projects must meet a real community need by providing a remedy for a deficiency or gap in the law, including the need to modernise an outdated law.
(b) Suitable for a law reform body: projects should be suitable for analysis by the legal expertise available in the Commission, supplemented by appropriate consultation with other professionals and interested parties.
(c) Mix of projects and resources: the programme should include a mix of narrow-focus projects and wider-focus projects that are relevant to society, so that the Commission’s resources are not tied up in one project.
(d) Avoid duplication: projects should not overlap with the work of other bodies engaged in law reform activities, but should complement such work where appropriate.