How we take decisions and what we have decided

Public consultation is an essential step in our process, in order to ensure that our recommendations are workable and acceptable.  We issue discussion papers in order to consult the public on the questions and issues that we identify.

The Commission's reports to Ministers on any project contain our final recommendations.

The reports and discussion papers are available on our website.

The Commission is an advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Justice Directorate of the Scottish Government.

The Commission's role, under the Law Commissions Act 1965, is to promote law reform, by making recommendations to Ministers for improving, simplifying and updating the law of Scotland.  Generally, Ministers decide whether or not to accept our recommendations, and when to do so.  Implementation of our recommendations is usually by way of legislation in the Scottish Parliament, or the UK Parliament where the matter is a reserved one.