Law Reform Commission Reports

I have updated the Reference Tools page of my legal research and writing website with a new section on Law Reform Commission Reports, a topic that – in retrospect – was likely insufficiently treated in my book.

I believe it may currently be the most complete, online collection of links and other resources for researching law reform commission reports. Included, of course, are links to the BC Law Institute Law Reform Database as well as links to individual law reform commission reports websites.

For the older, online Ontario Law Reform Commission Reports, I linked to the listings from the Open Library (sorted from most recent – currently 1976 – to oldest – currently 1965), which act as an “interface” linking to the digital versions on the Internet Archive.

I was also not previously familiar with an excellent online article by Gavin Murphy, “Law Reform Agencies” (Department of Justice, 2004) (PDF, 126 pages), linked to on this section of my site.

I welcome comments or suggestions for improvements.


On an unrelated note, I added two “missing” movies to my list of 123 law-related movies:

  • Evelyn (2004): Pierce Brosnan, as an unemployed, single-parent father in 1953 Ireland battling for custody of his children taken in by a Church-run orphanage
  • Michael Clayton (2007): An obvious oversight on my part, with a stellar cast of George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson playing lawyers caught up in an environmental class action lawsuit.


  1. I don’t know if you have already referenced the Law Reform Commission of Canada Reports and Working Papers but they are worth reviewing and can come in handy for research purposes. I have particularly enjoyed and used the LRCC Working Papers on criminal liability. I have found them most useful when read in conjunction with the early Charter cases from the SCC on mens rea as Antonio Lamer was Chair of the LRCC at the time the Working Papers were written in the mid-seventies and his judgments in the area are an expansion of these works. I had difficulty locating these papers online but managed to find them through this website: If you add to the url the working paper number, the report comes up. For example, the Working Paper No. 16 on criminal responsibility for group action is at

  2. You provide a link to the reports of the Ontario Law Reform Commission on the Internet Archive via the Open Library. You may be interested to know that the digitization of these reports (the complete collection, by the way) was a project of the Osgoode Hall Law School Library in association with the Law Commission of Ontario (see blogpost here). The digitization work was done by the Internet Archive Canada in December and finished in December. We’d been hoping to make a bigger announcement about this after we’d developed a page for these reports on the LCO and Osgoode Library websites. Osgoode has a page on the Internet Archive, here. This is just the first of many digitization projects the Osgoode Library is planning with the Internet Archive Canada.

  3. Thanks Lisa and Louis for your comments and I will update my page with your links.

    I was okay of the involvement and good work of the Osgoode Hall Law School Library in this regard and applaud this work.

    My “experiment” with using Open Library as an interface was a concern that the good content that is being added to the Internet Archive can be hard to search and pinpoint materials (e.g., older Ontario legislation). To the extent Osgoode Hall or others can build better interfaces to this content over time, this would be a huge gain for legal researchers