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‘Some of the oldest surviving legislation on Britain’s statute books is set to be repealed after 747 years.’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

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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