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Module 1: How and why the law changes

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Legal Studies - Methods used in changing the law

Methods used in Changing the Law

There are a variety of factors or causes that produce pressure for legal
change and reform, including groups, institutions, individuals,
circumstances and social events. These sources or factors occur both within
and outside the formal law-making institution, parliament, establishing
pressure for change:

government party policy
Cabinet

ministers
government departments

opposition party policy
shadow cabinet

shadow ministers
private members' bills

law reform commissions
royal commissions/inquiries

Statutory authorities
local councils

pressure groups
public/social opinion

The effectiveness of all the above factors depends upon the political
response to the factor or cause. If the government of the day essentially
supports the idea for law reform in a certain area, then new or amending
legislation usually results. If the political will for the change does not
exist - despite the merits of a proposal for law reform - then no change
occurs. _Law reform is a political decision._

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