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Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales

This is the Law Commission's final report on the form and accessibility of the law applicable in Wales.

Documents

Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales Vol.1

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Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales Vol.2 (Welsh version)

Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales Vol.1 (print format)

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Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales Vol.2 (Welsh version/print format)

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Details

The law across the UK can be difficult for professionals and the public to find and understand. In Wales, the process of devolution has made things even more complicated.

It can be very difficult to find and understand the law in devolved areas, as a result of changes to the powers of the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Government. There is often confusion over where responsibilities lie. Functions under many Acts of Parliament have been transferred to the Welsh Ministers, but this will not be apparent in the original Act and it could appear that power continues to lie with the Secretary of State. The picture is made more complicated by the pace at which significant areas of the law applicable in Wales – such as education, health and housing – are diverging from the law in England.

The Law Commission recommends a new approach to law-making in Wales and ways to make the existing law applicable in Wales clearer, simpler and easier to access.

Further information about this project can be found on the Law Commission website

Published 30 June 2016
Last updated 14 October 2016 + show all updates
  1. All PDFs have been replaced. Report with ISBNs 9781474135238 and 9781474135245, originally laid before Parliament in June 2016 has been withdrawn. The report, with new ISBNs was subsequently re-laid before Parliament on 13 October 2016.
  2. First published.