To be successful, law reform must be an inclusive process. As such, the consultation process is of central importance to the Commission's work. Consultation may take several forms:
- The Commission may meet with experts or practitioners working in a particular area, or representatives of interest groups.
- The Commission may then prepare an Issues Paper. The purpose of an Issues Paper is to provide a summary or outline of a project on which the Commission is embarking or on which work is already underway and to provide readers with an opportunity to express views and to make suggestions and comments on specific questions. The Issues Papers are circulated to members of the legal professions and to other professional groups who are likely to have a particular interest in, or specialist knowledge of, the relevant topic. They are also published on the Commission's website to ensure they are available to all members of the public. Please note that consultees need not answer all questions and are also invited to add any additional comments they consider relevant. Comments and suggestions are warmly welcomed on any of the questions asked from all interested parties and all responses will be treated in the strictest confidence unless indicated otherwise. Issues Papers represent current thinking at time of issue, within the Commission, on specific items where this is stated. This thinking should not be taken as representing a settled position taken by the Commission.
- The Commission may then prepare and publish a Consultation Paper. The Commission will seek written submissions from interested parties on the provisional recommendations made in the Consultation Paper. These submissions will be taken into account in the drafting of the final Report on the subject and any issues or concerns they raise will be dealt with in the Report.
- Before the drafting of the Report a seminar is usually held to which the Commission may invite any interested parties, or those who have made submissions.
Making a Submission
We encourage you to become involved in the process of law reform in Ireland by contacting us with suggestions or comments on any of Commission's current reports, consultation papers or issues papers.
Submissions, either verbal or written, are welcome at any stage during our deliberations on any topic. Please note that there are a number of different ways to submit your written contributions, depending on your own personal preference, specifically:
(i) You can email your submission - in whichever format is most convenient to you - to the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org . NOTE: Issues Papers will each have their own dedicated email address for responses.
(ii) You may post your submission to :
Law Reform Commission,
35-39 Shelbourne Road,
(iii) in the case of issues papers and from late 2014 onwards, you may reply via the in-document response boxes found within the text of the issues paper itself. Please note that, if replying via the in-document response boxes:
- and via a mobile device, contributors will need to have downloaded the Adobe reader app to the relevant mobile device.
- via Webmail (eg gmail, ymail, hotmail etc) on a pc or laptop you will need to go to your email drafts folder and click send.
- and if using certain versions of Firefox or Chrome as your browser, you may experience some issues with replying via the in-document response boxes. If this is the case, a fix can be found here.