Ninth Programme of Law Reform

Ninth Programme of Law Reform 2015 - 2017

The Ninth Programme is a three year programme running from 2015 to 2017. It incorporates ongoing work from the previous programme as well as new projects to be undertaken either on a medium - term or long - term basis. A project is medium - term where we intend to complete it by the end of this Programme. A project is long - term where it will most likely be carried over into the next programme, because either the project is a substantial one or work on it will begin in the later stages of this Programme.

The Programme has been approved by Scottish Ministers and laid before the Scottish Parliament.  In response to a written parliamentary question on 6 February, Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, informed the Scottish Parliament of the publication of the new Programme.  His answer can be read here.  The Programme was prepared following extensive consultation with the legal profession and other interested parties including members of the public. We are grateful to all who responded. There were a number of good suggestions from consultees that, unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to undertake in this particular Programme. All suggestions have, however, been drawn to the attention of the Scottish Government.

Items in the Ninth Programme

Four projects are carried forward from the previous programme:

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In addition, there are three new projects all of which stem from suggestions made by consultees. They met the project selection criteria of importance, suitability and resources and are:

The Commission's other law reform work

In addition to its work under the Programme, the Commission will continue to deal with requests for advice received from the Scottish Government and UK Government departments. There is also an ongoing need for the Commission to contribute to joint law reform work. Current joint projects include:


Consultation responses to the Ninth Programme

See here for the responses to the Commission's consultation when preparing the Ninth Programme of Law Reform.