Law Commission Act 2009

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The Law Commission Act 2009[1]
Long title An Act to make provision in relation to the Law Commission.
Citation 2009 c 14
Introduced by Lord Lloyd of Berwick[2]
Territorial extent United Kingdom[3]
Royal assent 12 November 2009
Commencement 12 January 2010[4]
History of passage through Parliament
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Law Commission Act 2009 (c 14) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It amends the Law Commissions Act 1965. Its purpose is to compel the Government to provide, through the Lord Chancellor, the reasoning for any decision that it makes not to implement any proposal of the Law Commission. Lord Kingsland described this as forcing the Government to "put up or shut up about Law Commission proposals".[5]

Section 1 - Reports on implementation of Law Commission proposals[edit]

This section inserted a new section 3A into the Law Commissions Act 1965.

Section 2 - Protocol about the Law Commission's work[edit]

This section inserted a new section 3B into the Law Commissions Act 1965.

Section 3 - Commencement and short title[edit]

Section 3(1) provides that the Act came into force at the end of the period of two months that began on the date on which it was passed. The word "months" means calendar months.[6] The day (that is to say, 12 November 2009) on which the Act was passed (that is to say, received royal assent) is included in the period of two months.[7] This means that the Act came into force on 12 January 2010.

Section 3(2) authorises the citation of the Act by a short title.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 3(2) of this Act.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Explanatory notes, paragraph 8
  4. ^ The Law Commission Act 2009, section 3(2)
  5. ^
  6. ^ The Interpretation Act 1978, section 5 and Schedule 1
  7. ^ Hare v Gocher [1962] 2 QB 641, [1962] 2 All ER 673; Trow v Ind Coope (West Midlands) Ltd [1967] 2 QB 899 at 909, [1967] 2 All ER 900, CA.

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