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The Scottish Law Commission

The Scottish Law CommissionThe Scottish Law Commission was set up for the purpose of promoting the reform of the law of Scotland. Its task is to recommend reforms to improve, simplify and update the law.

The Scottish Law Commission plays a leading role in developing the law for the people of Scotland so that it is just, principled, responsive and easy to understand. They offer the Government independent advice on law reform. This often involves examining whole areas of law and making recommendations to improve them. Public consultation is an essential step in the process to ensure that these recommendations are both workable and acceptable.

Reform of the law itself must be carried out through the Scottish Parliament or, where appropriate, the UK Parliament. The Scottish Parliament has, for example, passed legislation to implement the Scottish Law Commission's recommendations for the abolition of feudal tenure of land and for the protection of the rights and interests of adults who are incapable of managing their own affairs.

TSO Scotland publishes and stocks discussion papers and reports from the Scottish Law Commission. To find out more about the Scottish Law Commission, visit www.scotlawcom.gov.uk