The Commission's Programmes of Law Reform are the principal basis on which the Commission carries out its statutory mandate to keep the law under review with a view to its reform. The Commission has since its inception had five Programmes of Law Reform, all of which must be approved by both houses of the Oireachtas and the Government.
The Commission has begun work on its current Fifth Programme of Law Reform, which was approved by Government on 20th March 2019. It includes 15 projects across a wide range of key areas of law including: courts, public law & the digital era, criminal law & criminal procedure, civil liability & civil procedure, evidence, family law and land law.
The Commission has begun work or completed on all projects in its Fourth Programme of Law Reform, which was approved by Government in October 2013.
The Commission’s work on its Third Programme of Law Reform, which was approved by Government in 2008, included projects on: Mediation and Conciliation, Consolidation and Reform of the Courts Acts, Criminal Law (murder and manslaughter, defences, and inchoate offences), Law of Evidence (hearsay, documentary and expert evidence), Children and Family Relationships, Multi-Unit Apartment Developments, Regulation of Professional Home Care, Personal Insolvency, and Consumer Insurance Contracts.
For information on the Commission’s current projects see our Current Projects page.