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  • Terrorism Guideline Consultation

    Why Terrorism Again? The Sentencing Council issued a package of definitive terrorism guidelines in March 2018 which came into effect on 27 April 2018. At the time of developing the current guidelines, the Council was aware that the Government was contemplating changes to... More
    Opened 22 October 2019
  • Law Commission Consultation on Automated Vehicles: Passenger services and public transport

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission. The consultation questions are drawn from our second consultation paper published as part of a three-year review of automated vehicles. For more information about this... More
    Opened 16 October 2019
  • Firearms Offences

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines which courts in England and Wales must follow when passing a sentence. The Council consults on its proposed guidelines before they come into force and makes... More
    Opened 9 October 2019
  • Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme: Towards a more sustainable service

    The government is consulting on proposals to change the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme. The aim of these proposals is to ensure that the Scheme is sustainable into the future, in order to maintain this vital service for those who need it. The key proposals in this consultation are: ... More
    Opened 4 October 2019
  • Law Commission call for evidence on intermediated securities

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. Shares and bonds are increasingly held through a system of “dematerialisation” and “intermediation”. In other words, most paper certificates have been replaced by a system in which most investors “own”... More
    Opened 27 August 2019
  • Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases

    Progress update The call for evidence has now closed and the panel are considering the vast amount of evidence gathered. They aim to publish their findings in the coming months. A Progress Update can be found in the Related section of this page detailing the panel’s work to date... More
    Opened 19 July 2019
  • Proposals for revising the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

    Becoming a victim of crime is often a traumatic experience, which can have a profound and deeply personal impact on the victim. How people are treated immediately after a crime, and subsequently within the justice system, can make an important difference, not just in helping them play their... More
    Opened 17 July 2019
  • Consultation in relation to the treatment of Calderbank offers when determining issues relating to costs

    The Family Procedure Rule Committee (FPRC) established a judicially-led working group (the Costs Working Group) in November 2018 to undertake a review, and to engage in ‘blue sky thinking’ in relation to the functioning of the current costs regime in financial remedies cases, and, where... More
    Opened 16 July 2019
  • The Law Commissions' Consultation on Surrogacy

    This is a joint public consultation by the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission. The Law Commissions are reviewing the law and regulation of surrogacy. Surrogacy is the practice of a woman (the "surrogate") agreeing to become pregnant, and deliver a baby,... More
    Opened 6 June 2019
  • Future Provision of Medical Reports in Road Traffic Accident related personal injury claims

    The government is conducting a short, focused consultation to seek views on a revised medical reporting process for unrepresented claimants. As part of its whiplash reform programme, the government is making changes via the Civil Procedure Rules to increase the small claims track... More
    Opened 18 April 2019
  • Overarching Principles: Sentencing offenders with Mental Health Conditions or Disorders Consultation

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines which courts in England and Wales must follow when passing a sentence. The Council consults on proposed guidelines before they come into force and makes... More
    Opened 9 April 2019
  • Fixed recoverable costs consultation

    This is a consultation on extending Fixed Recoverable Costs in civil cases in England and Wales, following Sir Rupert Jackson’s 2017 report. Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRC) prescribe the amount of damages that can be claimed back from a losing party in civil litigation; they are a way of... More
    Opened 28 March 2019
  • Consultation on coronial investigations of stillbirths (short version)

    A stillbirth is a tragedy which has a profound effect upon bereaved families. We are committed to ensuring that, wherever possible we do all we can to ensure that when such a tragedy occurs, lessons are learnt and changes made to prevent avoidable stillbirths in the future. Our... More
    Opened 26 March 2019
  • Consultation on coronial investigations of stillbirths

    A stillbirth is a tragedy which has a profound effect upon bereaved families. We are committed to ensuring that, wherever possible we do all we can to ensure that when such a tragedy occurs, lessons are learnt and changes made to prevent avoidable stillbirths in the future. Our... More
    Opened 26 March 2019
  • Expanded Explanations in Sentencing Guidelines

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines which courts in England and Wales must follow when passing a sentence. The Council consults on its proposed guidelines before they come into force and makes... More
    Opened 28 February 2019
  • Enforcement of possession orders and alignment of procedures in the county court and high court

    The Civil Procedure Rule Committee (“CPRC”) is responsible, under the provisions of the Civil Procedure Act 1997 (“the 1997 Act”), for making rules of court governing the practice and procedure to be followed in the High Court and the County Court, and to do so with a view to securing... More
    Opened 14 February 2019
  • Law Commission survey on exercising the right to manage

    This survey accompanies the consultation on exercising the right to manage (“RTM”) being conducted by the Law Commission for England and Wales. The purpose of this survey is to collect information on leaseholders' experiences of the current RTM process. This information will provide part... More
    Opened 28 January 2019
  • Law Commission consultation on RTM: Leasehold home ownership: exercising the right to manage

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission of England and Wales. The right to manage (“RTM”) was introduced to give leaseholders control over the management of their buildings. Leaseholders can set up an RTM company, which can then acquire the landlord’s management... More
    Opened 28 January 2019
  • Revising the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice: Call for evidence

    The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 , covering England and Wales, is designed to protect and empower people who may currently lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment; or who have capacity but wish to make preparations for a time when they may lack... More
    Opened 24 January 2019
  • Law Commission consultation on simplifying the Immigration Rules

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. Topic of this consultation: This consultation paper reviews the Immigration Rules in order to identify the underlying causes of their complexity, and to identify principles under which they can be... More
    Opened 21 January 2019
  • Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017: Implementing the Act

    The Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 was passed to help families and others trying to cope with the effects of a disappearance of a loved one. The Act creates a legal framework for those left behind to secure the appointment of a trusted person to use and look after the property... More
    Opened 19 December 2018
  • Law Commission consultation on reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. Commonhold is an alternative form of property ownership which allows homeowners to own the freehold of their flats. Our commonhold project looks at aspects of the law of commonhold which may be... More
    Opened 10 December 2018
  • Review of enforcement agent (bailiff) reforms: call for evidence

    This call for evidence asks about people’s experiences of the 2014 reforms which regulate how enforcement agents (bailiffs) operate. The government is conducting the second post-implementation review of regulations which were introduced in 2014 to regulate the operation of enforcement... More
    Opened 25 November 2018
  • Law Commissions' consultation on Automated Vehicles: A Preliminary Consultation Paper

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission. We are reviewing the regulatory framework for the safe deployment of automated vehicles in the UK. We recommend that consultees read the consultation paper ... More
    Opened 8 November 2018
  • Law Commission Consultation on Employment Law Hearing Structures

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. The project addresses the problem of shared and exclusive jurisdiction in the fields of discrimination and employment law. This has generated boundary issues between the courts and the Employment... More
    Opened 26 September 2018
  • Law Commission consultation on leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. What is this consultation about? Leasehold enfranchisement law concerns those who own property on a long lease. The enfranchisement legislation gives these leaseholders several... More
    Opened 20 September 2018
  • Law Commission leaseholder survey

    This leaseholder survey (link below) accompanies the main response form for the leasehold enfranchisement consultation that is being conducted by the Law Commission for England and Wales. That response form can be accessed at: ... More
    Opened 20 September 2018
  • Reform of the legal requirements for divorce

    The breakdown of a marriage is a difficult time for families. The decision to divorce is often a very painful one. Where children are involved, the effects in particular where there is ongoing conflict, can be profound. Under current law in England and Wales, couples must either live apart... More
    Opened 15 September 2018
  • Establishing an Independent Public Advocate

    The government is committed to introducing an Independent Public Advocate who will act for bereaved families after a public disaster and support them at inquests and inquiries. This consultation sets out our proposals for the role of the Independent Public Advocate, exploring how they... More
    Opened 10 September 2018
  • Amending the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

    This consultation brings forward proposals for allocating an additional £15 million of spending to the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS). The AGFS is the fee scheme through which criminal defence advocates are paid for carrying out publicly funded work in the Crown Court. More
    Opened 31 August 2018
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