Tenth Programme of Law Reform

Tenth Programme of Law Reform 2018 - 2022

The Tenth Programme is a five year programme running from 2018 to 2022.  It incorporates ongoing work from the previous programme as well as new projects to be undertaken either on a short-term or medium-term basis.  A project is short-term where we expect to complete it well within the life of the Programme.  A project is medium-term where we intend to complete it by the end of this Programme.

The Programme has been approved by Scottish Ministers and laid before the Scottish Parliament.  It 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 Tenth Programme

Three projects are carried forward from the previous programme:

In addition, there are four 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 the UK Government.

The Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs referred to us a review of section 53 of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 in the context of Part 4 of the Act.

There is also an ongoing need for the Commission to contribute to joint law reform work.  Joint projects with the Law Commission for England and Wales include: