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The Longer You Can Look Back, The Further You Can Look Forward: The Origins of the Scottish Law Commission

The Longer You Can Look Back, The Further You Can Look Forward: The Origins of the Scottish Law Commission Shona Wilson Stark A. B. (1) (2) INTRODUCTION LAW REFORM IN ENGLAND Law Reform Now How soon is now: why 1965? (a) Social reasons (b) Legal reasons (c) Political reasons WHY SCOTLAND? T B Smith The Secretary of State and the Lord Advocate THE LAW COMMISSIONS ACT 1965 Passage through Parliament The SLC's five duties (a) To propose and research ideas for law reform (including the presentation of draft bills) (b) To consolidate, repeal and generally "tidy up" existing law (c) To codify the law (d) To report to and take instructions from the Scottish Ministers (e) To co-operate with the LCEW CONCLUSION C. (1) (2) D. (1) (2) E. PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge. The author is grateful to John Ford, George Gretton, Findlay Stark and an anonymous referee for their helpful comments on earlier drafts. the edinburgh law review Vol 18 2014 A. INTRODUCTION The Scottish Law Commission ("SLC") will soon celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. Since its establishment alongside the Law Commission of England and Wales1 ("LCEW"; together "the Commissions") by the Law Commissions Act 1965 ("1965 Act"), it has generally enjoyed a good reputation among the legal profession, the academy and the courts.2 It has http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Edinburgh Law Review Edinburgh University Press
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