Robert Craig: Zombie Prerogatives Should Remain Decently Buried: Replacing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (Part 1) – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In the light of widespread dissatisfaction with the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (‘FTPA’), the Conservative party manifesto states, at page 43, “We will repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act”. This post explores the constitutional implications if, as seems likely, the Conservative Government continues to command a majority in the House of Commons after the election and seeks to convince Parliament to repeal the Act.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th May 2017

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Victorian abortion law ‘breaches human rights’ – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in abortion, human rights, news, statute law revision by sally

‘A campaign to push for abortion to be removed from the justice statutes and decriminalised is to be launched this month by the country’s newest political party.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Nick Barber, Tom Hickman and Jeff King: Pulling the Article 50 ‘Trigger’: Parliament’s Indispensable Role – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In this post we argue that as a matter of domestic constitutional law, the Prime Minister is unable to issue a declaration under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – triggering our withdrawal from the European Union – without having been first authorised to do so by an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament. Were he to attempt to do so before such a statute was passed, the declaration would be legally ineffective as a matter of domestic law and it would also fail to comply with the requirements of Article 50 itself.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 27th June 2016

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Back to the drawing board: it’s time to rethink LASPO – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 1st, 2016 in budgets, civil justice, legal aid, news, statute law revision by sally

‘Four years ago the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) received royal assent. In the following April cuts to legal aid were introduced that according to the government’s own estimates denied access to justice to over 300,000 people. Since the controversial legislation was approved by parliament there have been calls for it to be reviewed (see “Overdue review?”, Jon Robins, NLJ, 22 April 2016, p 7). In the Cabinet Office guide to making legislation it was recommended that a review should take place three to five years after the legislation received royal assent. So a review of LASPO should happen soon.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th May 2016

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Defamation reforms have helped to curb ‘trivial claims’, says campaign group – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 6th, 2016 in defamation, news, statute law revision by sally

‘Reforms to defamation laws in England and Wales have helped to prevent “trivial claims” being brought before the courts, a campaign group has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th January 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

A modern legal framework for protecting and managing wildlife – Law Commission

Posted November 13th, 2015 in environmental protection, news, reports, statute law revision by tracey

‘In a report published on Tuesday 10 November the Law Commission recommends reforms to modernise and simplify the law regulating wildlife and create a flexible legal framework for the future.’

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Law Commission, 10th November 2015

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

Anti-apartheid heroes urge Cameron not to repeal Human Rights Act – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2015 in human rights, news, statute law revision by tracey

‘Some of South Africa’s most influential intellectuals and activists have urged David Cameron to reconsider his plans to repeal the Human Rights Act, warning that the move is reminiscent of the mindset that created apartheid.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bringing the statute book up to date – Law Commission

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in bills, news, repeals, statute law revision by sally

‘An Act from 1979 allowing referendums for a Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly is among legislation being recommended for repeal by the Law Commissions.’

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Law Commission, 3rd June 2015

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

Medieval laws face axe in legal pruning – The Guardian

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in bills, debts, news, repeals, statute law revision, treason by sally

‘Legislation dating back to the reign of King Henry II – preventing removal of debtors’ goods from beyond their native county – will shortly disappear from the UK’s lawbooks.’

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The Guardian, 3rd June 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Oldest surviving law faces repeal after 747 years – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2014 in debts, news, repeals, statute law revision by sally

‘Some of the oldest surviving legislation on Britain’s statute books is set to be repealed after 747 years.’

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BBC News, 5th December 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Men banned from becoming Queen as 700 years of law redrafted ahead of gay marriage – Daily Telegraph

‘Words such as “widow” removed from statutes while medieval treason laws and even rules on royal titles amended ahead of gay marriage.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Repealing old law – Law Commission

Posted February 6th, 2013 in news, repeals, statute law revision by sally

“The Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2013 has received Royal Assent. The Act gives effect to the repeals put forward by the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission in their 2012 Statute Law Repeals Report.”

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Law Commission, 31st February 2013

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

Calling time on Scandalising the Court – Law Commission

“The Law Commission is recommending that the offence of scandalising the court should be abolished and not replaced.”

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Law Commission, 19th December 2012

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

19th Statute Law Repeals Report – Law Commission

Posted April 4th, 2012 in bills, news, repeals, statute law revision by sally

19th Statute Law Repeals Report (PDF)

Law Commission, 4th April 2012

Source: http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/

Poor Relief: Repeals Consultation – Law Commission

Posted July 23rd, 2009 in consultations, Law Commission, repeals, statute law revision by sally

“In our consultation paper we propose the repeal of 57 obsolete Acts relating to the poor law relief arrangements that existed before the advent of the modern welfare state. Indeed most of them are relics of the parish-based system that existed before 1834. The earliest of them date back to 1697 during the reign of William III and made provision for the poor in areas such as Colchester, Exeter, Hereford and Shaftesbury.”

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Law Commission, 23rd July 2009

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

City of Dublin Repeals Consultation – Law Commission

Posted August 15th, 2008 in Ireland, news, repeals, statute law revision by sally

“The Commission has identified some 40 Acts relating to the City of Dublin, spanning the years 1807 to 1920, and enacted by the UK Parliament during the period before Ireland was partitioned in 1922.”

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Law Commission, 15th August 2008

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Related link: Statute Law Repeals: Consultatation Paper City of Dublin Repeal Proposal (PDF)

Think you know the law? – BBC Magazine

Posted March 19th, 2008 in news, statute law revision by sally

“Parliament has begun moves to repeal all or part of 328 Acts which experts say are completely redundant. Test your knowledge of a slice of British legal history…”

Bygone laws quiz

BBC Magazine, 19th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Servant law among acts to be axed – BBC News

Posted March 18th, 2008 in burglary, news, statute law revision by sally

“An 18th Century law aimed at preventing servants from organising ‘inside job’ burglaries is to be repealed as part of a clean-up of obsolete legislation.”

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BBC News, 18th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal Opinion: Time for the abolition of the workhouse and the bawdy house? – The Independent

Posted February 6th, 2008 in repeals, special report, statute law revision by sally

“Some laws have been used just once in 200 years. Others have simply outlived their usefulness. Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, looks at plans to tidy up the statute-book.”

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The Independent, 6th February 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Statute Law Revision: Rating repeal proposals – Law Commission

Posted June 27th, 2007 in consultations, legislation, rates, statute law revision by sally

“The thirty Acts proposed for repeal in this consultation date mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries and concern local taxation in England at that time. The early rating system was closely linked with the system of providing relief for the poor in each parish. Indeed the English poor-law system remained parish-based until 1930. Changes in the mid-20th century, including the establishment of the welfare state, have made these Acts obsolete.”

Consultation paper

Law Commission, 27th June 2007

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk