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Law: Law reform

Resources for legal research, writing and referencing.

Law reform commissions

The Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996 (Cth) established law reform bodies for the Australian States and the Commonwealth.

"Law reform is the modernisation of the law by: bringing it into accord with current conditions; the elimination of defects in the law; the simplification of the law; and the adoption of new or more effective methods for the administration of the law and the dispensation of justice" (Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary).

Commissions may publish:

  • Annnual reports
  • Final reports
  • Discussion papers
  • Background papers
  • Journals

Their websites will usually advertise current inquiries or papers.