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. It is also working on or completed all projects in its Fourth Programme of Law Reform, which was approved by Government in October 2013.
Below you can find details on the various projects on which the Commission is currently conducting research. To make access easier, we have divided the projects into 7 subject headings. To find out more, simply click on the relevant subject heading as below:
- Administrative Law, Public Law and Regulatory Enforcement
- Accessibility of Legislation
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Land Law, Succession and Trusts
- Civil Liability and Commercial Law
The Commission currently has no open consultations but still encourages feedback on various aspects of its work here.