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17 October 2023 - Work of the Law Commission - Oral evidence

Committee Justice Committee
Inquiry Work of the Law Commission

Tuesday 17 October 2023

Start times: 2:00pm (private) 2:30pm (public)


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Justice Committee to question outgoing Law Commission Chair

The Justice Committee holds a one-off evidence session with the outgoing Chair of the Law Commission, Sir Nicholas Green, to discuss its work.

Sir Nicholas is expected to face questions on the Law Commission’s provisional proposals relating to evidence in sexual offences prosecutions, particularly those in relation to excluding the public from the courtroom, which have attracted criticism in the media.

Meeting details

At 2:30pm: Oral evidence
Work Work of the Law Commission (Regular evidence sessions)
Chair at Law Commission

The cross-party committee of MPs ask Sir Nicholas for his reflections on his time as Chair, including law reform and implementation of Law Commission recommendations.

He takes questions on the current state of the Law Commission, its relationship with the Government and its ongoing and future work.

The Law Commission is the statutory body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform where it is needed. The Commission’s aims are to ensure the law is fair, modern, simple and cost effective.

Since September 2020, the Law Commission has been operating on a new funding model set out in a Memorandum of Understanding between the Law Commission and Lord Chancellor.

Sir Nicholas was appointed as Chair on 1 August 2018. He is a former academic having lectured at the University of Southampton and the University of London.

He was called to the Bar in 1986 and appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1998. He was made a judge of the High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2013 and in June 2018 it was announced he would be joining the Court of Appeal.

Sir Nicholas has also previously served as Chairman of the Bar Council and the Advocacy Training Council.

His successor Sir Peter Fraser was announced as the new Chair of the Law Commission of England and Wales in June and is due to take up his role on 1 December, 2023, serving for three years. Mr Justice Fraser currently sits as a judge in the Technology and Construction Court and the Commercial Court.

Location

The Macmillan Room, Portcullis House

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