Law reform commission reports can be great sources for legal research. Many of the reports provide historical background and you can often find comparative information about how other jurisdictions have responded to an issue.
And August 2012 has been a very busy month for law reform commissions, with many of them bringing out publications on a range of topics. Here are a few examples:
- English Law Commission Consultation on Scandalising the Court (part of a larger project on contempt of court)
- English Law Commission Consultation Paper on Wildlife Law
- Law Commission of Ontario Interim Report on Vulnerable Workers
- New Zealand Law Commission Ministerial Briefing on Harmful Digital Communications (Cyber-Bullying)
- Tasmania Law Reform Institute Paper on Protecting Anonymity of Sexual Crime Victims
- Tasmania Law Reform Institute Proposes Banning Non-Therapeutic Male Circumcision
There is always a chance that a commission has looked at a legal issue you may be working on. Slaw.ca collaborator Ted Tjaden has a section on how to find law reform commission reports on his legal research writing website.