The Role of the Victorian Law Reform Commission <br />
The Role of the VLRC<br />The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) is an independent, government-funded organisation. This means that it processes are transparent and that the commission is removed from the political process (and thus from political pressure). <br />The main role of the VLRC is to review areas of the law referred by the Attorney-General and make recommendations for reform.<br />The VLRC also has the power to recommend minor changes to the law in response to a suggestion from the community. <br />
The Role of the VLRC, continued…<br />The Role of the VLRC, continued…<br />The VLRC was established under the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 (Vic) and is the main body for developing law reform in Victoria.<br />The VLRC has no law making powers. It cannot make or amend the law.<br />Rather, the role of the commission is to examine the law and make recommendations to the government for legal change. <br />The law will only be changed if the agency’s recommendations are accepted and implemented by Parliament.<br />Thus, the VLRC aims to make recommendations for change that are practical to implement (i.e. pragmatic rather than idealistic), as this increases the likelihood that the government will implement the VLRC’s recommendations. The VLRC also aims to make the law more accessible to all citizens. <br />
The Importance of Consultation in the Law Reform Process<br /><ul><li> The law affects all members of society.
Consequently the VLRC believes that it is ‘important that everyone has an opportunity to participate in processes of legal review to ensure recommendations for change are relevant, responsive and fair’.
The Commission encourages individuals, community groups, private sector organisations, legal bodies and local and state government representatives to express their views and participate in the law reform process. </li></li></ul><li>Methods of Consultation…<br />METHODS:<br />When undertaking a reference, the VLRC uses the following methods of consultation:<br /><ul><li>Online submissions
One-to-one meetings </li></ul>STAKEHOLDERS<br />The VLRC consults with the following groups:<br /><ul><li>People who are affected by the law under review;
Individuals and groups who have particular professional expertise;
Marginalised groups who are often excluded from the legal process and policy making: indigenous people, young people, people with disabilities, people from rural areas, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, etc. </li></li></ul><li>Activity<br />Read pages 24 – 26 of your textbook. Use the information to answer the following questions:<br />Why is it necessary to have a law reform agency such as the VLRC? (P.24)<br />What factors will determine whether the government implements the VLRC’s recommendations for legislative reform? (P.24)<br />Explain one factor that limits the effectiveness of the VLRC as a law reform body. (P.24) <br />Explain the importance of public consultation to the law reform process. (P. 25). <br />