Law Reform Committee

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The Law Reform Committee was a committee in England and Wales appointed by the Lord Chancellor[1] "to consider, having regard especially to judicial decisions, what changes are desirable in such legal doctrines as the Lord Chancellor may from time to time refer to Committee".[2]

The Lord Chancellor's decision to create this committee was announced on 2 May 1952 by the Attorney General, Lionel Heald, at the dinner of the West Surrey Law Society. The Solicitors Journal said that the proposed step was "overdue".[3] The Committee was appointed on 16 June 1952.[4] In 2006, John Wheeler said that the Committee was "defunct".[5]

Composition[edit]

Six members of the Committee were judges, two were Queen's Counsel, two were solicitors and the remaining three were professors of law.[6]

Reports[edit]

  • Third Report (Occupiers' Liability to Invitees, Licensees and Trespassers). Cmd 9305. HMSO. London. November 1954.
  • Ninth Report (Liability in Tort between Husband and Wife). Cmnd 1268. HMSO. London. January 1961.
  • Eleventh Report. Cmnd 2017. 1963.
  • Twelfth Report (Transfer of Title to Chattels). Cmnd 2958. HMSO. London. April 1966.
  • Thirteenth Report (Hearsay Evidence in Civil Proceedings). Cmnd 2964. HMSO. London. May 1966.
  • Fourteenth Report (Acquisition of Easements and Profits by Prescription). Cmnd 3100. HMSO. London. October 1966.
  • Fifteenth Report (The Rule in Hollington v. Hewthorn). Cmnd 3391. HMSO. London. September 1967.
  • Sixteenth Report (Privilege in Civil Proceedings). Cmnd 3472. HMSO. London. December 1967.
  • Seventeenth Report (Evidence of Opinion and Expert Evidence). Cmnd 4489. HMSO. London. October 1970.
  • Eighteenth Report (Conversion and Detinue). Cmnd 4774. HMSO. London. September 1971.
  • Nineteenth Report (Interpretation of Wills). Cmnd 5301. HMSO. London. May 1973.
  • Twentieth Report (Interim Report on Limitation of Actions: In Personal Injury Claims). Cmnd 5630. HMSO. London. May 1974.
  • Twenty-first Report (Final report on limitation of actions). Cmnd 6923. HMSO. London. September 1977.
  • Twenty-second Report (The making and revocation of wills). Cmnd 7902. HMSO. London. May 1980.
  • Twenty-third Report (The powers and duties of trustees). Cmnd 8733. HMSO. London. October 1982.
  • Twenty-fourth Report (Latent Damage). Cmnd 9390. HMSO. London. November 1984.

Implementation[edit]

Recommendations contained in the third report were implemented by the Occupiers' Liability Act 1957.[7]

The recommendations contained in the twelfth report had not been implemented by 2006.[8]

The recommendations made in the eighteenth report were given "partial and modified effect" by the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977.[9]

Recommendations contained in the nineteenth report were implemented by sections 20 and 21 of the Administration of Justice Act 1982.[10]

Recommendations contained in the twenty-first report were implemented by the Limitation Amendment Act 1980.[11]

Recommendations contained in the twenty-second report were implemented by section 17 of the Administration of Justice Act 1982.[12]

Recommendations contained in the twenty-fourth report were implemented by the Latent Damage Act 1986.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Solicitors Journal. Volume 96. Page 418. Published in No 26 dated 28 June 1952.
  2. ^ Law Reform Committee. Third Report (Occupiers' Liability to Invitees, Licensees and Trespassers). Cmd 9305. HMSO. London. November 1954. Page 5.
  3. ^ The Solicitors Journal. Volume 96. Page 285. Published in No 19 dated 10 May 1952.
  4. ^ Law Reform Committee. Third Report (Occupiers' Liability to Invitees, Licensees and Trespassers). Cmd 9305. HMSO. London. November 1954. Page 5.
  5. ^ John Wheeler. Essentials of the English Legal System. Pearson Education. 31 December 2006. Page 349 from Google Books.
  6. ^ John Wheeler. Essentials of the English Legal System. Pearson Education. 31 December 2006. Page 349
  7. ^ Andrew Tettenborn. Clerk & Lindsell on Torts. Sixteenth Edition. Sweet & Maxwell. London. 1989. Paragraph 13-02 at page 708.
  8. ^ John Wheeler. Essentials of the English Legal System. Pearson Education. 31 December 2006. Page 349
  9. ^ Clerk & Lindsell on Torts. Sixteenth Edition. Sweet & Maxwell. London. 1989. Paragraphs 22-08 and 22-09 at page 1224
  10. ^ Sir Robert Megarry and Sir William Wade and Charles Harpum and Stuart Bridge and Martin Dixon. The Law of Real Property. Seventh Edition. Sweet & Maxwell. London. 2008. Note 312 and 316 to paragraph 14-064 at page 580 and note 326 to paragraph 14-067 at page 581.
  11. ^ Sir Robert Megarry and Sir William Wade and Charles Harpum and Stuart Bridge and Martin Dixon. The Law of Real Property. Seventh Edition. Sweet & Maxwell. London. 2008. Note 31 to paragraph 35-003 at page 1412.
  12. ^ Sir Robert Megarry and Sir William Wade and Charles Harpum and Stuart Bridge and Martin Dixon. The Law of Real Property. Seventh Edition. Sweet & Maxwell. London. 2008. Note 72 to paragraph 14-015 at page 559.
  13. ^ Andrew S Burrows. Clerk & Lindsell on Torts. Sixteenth Edition. Sweet & Maxwell. London. 1989. Note 49 to paragraph 9-55 at page 418.