Always revitalising and evolving
Laws must keep in pace with current values and needs of society, and be responsive to changes brought about by modern living and advances in technology. New technology, for example, gives rise to new forms of criminal activities such as cybercrime.
While courts assert a powerful influence on laws in a common law system, judges cannot adjudicate on legal issues not before them. Lawmakers thus need to proactively step in to make the necessary legislative updates.
SAL’s Law Reform Committee aids this process and looks into reform of discrete areas of law not confined to any particular field or doctrinal area. The breadth of reform initiatives since the Committee’s inception in 1989 has been significant, drawing on the input of a small but dedicated team of members, who come from the higher echelons of practice and academia.
The Law Reform Committee consults widely and recommends to the relevant law-making bodies areas of law that need reform. Our recommendations in the past have seen, among other things:
- the through the Legal Profession (Amendment) Act 2000;
- the through the Subordinate Courts (Amendment) Act 2005;
- through the Civil Law (Amendment) Act 2009;
- the through the Supreme Court of Judicature (Amendment) Act 2010;
- the through the Women’s Charter (Amendment) Act 2011;
- through the Foreign Limitation Periods Act 2012;
- the through the International Arbitration (Amendment) Act 2012;
- legal reforms relating to the , and through the Evidence (Amendment) Act 2012;
- through the Status of Children (Assisted Reproduction Technology) Act 2013;
- the through the Protection from Harassment Act 2014; and
- reforms to the procedure for the through the Reciprocal Enforcement of Commonwealth Judgments (Repeal) Act 2019 and the Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (Amendment) Act 2019.