Northern Ireland Law Commission

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Northern Ireland Law Commission
Logo of the Northen Ireland Law Commission
Northern Ireland Law Commission logo
Map showing the location of Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom and Europe
Northern Ireland within the UK and Europe
Predecessor Law Reform Advisory Committee
Established 2007 (2007)
Type Advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Northern Ireland Executive Department of Justice
Legal status Created by the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002
Purpose To keep the law of Northern Ireland under review and to recommend reform where needed
Headquarters Massey House, Belfast BT4 3SX
Coordinates 54°35′53″N 5°49′53″W / 54.598165°N 5.831333°W / 54.598165; -5.831333Coordinates: 54°35′53″N 5°49′53″W / 54.598165°N 5.831333°W / 54.598165; -5.831333
Region served
Northern Ireland
Official language
Slogan "Promoting law reform in Northern Ireland"

The Northern Ireland Law Commission is a Law Commission in Northern Ireland created under section 50 of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002, implementing recommendations following the Good Friday Agreement.[1] It replaced the non-statutory Law Reform Advisory Committee.

The Northern Ireland Law Commission keeps the law of Northern Ireland under review, with a view to law reform. It has five members, a part-time chairman and four full-time commissioners, appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The chairman is a judge of the High Court of Northern Ireland, who retains judicial office. The other commissioners are a barrister, a solicitor, a legal academic, and a layperson.


  1. ^ "About Us". Website of the Northern Ireland Law Commission. Northern Ireland Law Commission. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 

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