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Completed Projects

The NSW Law Reform Commission first produced a report in 1966. All available completed projects are available on the website. This includes final reports, consultation papers, submissions and other related information.

The Law Reform Commission publications listed here are part of a collection dating back to 1966. Each publication deals with the law at the time it was first published and may not necessarily represent the current law. For advice concerning the current law please consult your legal practitioner.

Bail: Show cause offences and the unacceptable risk test (2022)

Court and tribunal information: access, disclosure and publication (2022)

Consent in relation to sexual offences (2020)

Access to digital records upon death or incapacity (2019)

Statutory provisions on dispute resolution (2018)

Review of the Guardianship Act 1987 (2018)

Laws relating to beneficiaries of trusts (2018)

Third party c​laims on insurance money​​​ (2016)

Parole (2015)

Encouraging appropriate early guilty pleas (2014)

Criminal appeals (2014)

Sentencing (2013)

People with cognitive and mental health impairments and the criminal justice system (2013)

Security for costs and associated costs orders (2013)

Jury directions in criminal trials (2013)

Bail (2012)

Penalty notice offences (2012)

Compensation to relatives (2011)

Cheating at gambling (2011)

Complicity in criminal cases (2010)

Family violence (2010)

Protecting privacy (2010)

Access to personal information (2010)

Uniform Succession Laws (2009)

Emergency medical care and the restricted right to practise (2009)

Workplace deaths (2009)

Young people and consent to health care (2008)

Sentencing people with cognitive or mental health impairments (2007)

Review of s 32 of the Mental Health (Criminal Procedure) Act 1990 (2007)

Jury service (2007)

Disputes in company title home units (2007)

Role of juries in sentencing (2007)

Jurors (2006)

Relationships and the law (2006)

Third Party Guarantees (2006)

Majority verdicts by juries (2005)

Expert witnesses (2005)

Review of the Evidence Act 1995 (2005)

Community Justice Centres (2005)

Surveillance (2005)

Time limits on loans payable on demand (2004)

Questioning of complainants by unrepresented accused in sexual offence trials (2003)

Apprehended violence orders (2003)

Contempt by Publication (2003)

Review of Sentencing Laws (2003)

Review of Part 10 of the Legal Profession Act 1987 (NSW) (2001)

The Rule in Pigot's Case (2001)

Review of the law of set-off (2000)

Review of the right to silence (2000)  ​

Review of the Disability Services Act 1993 and the Community Services (Complaints, Appeals and Monitoring) Act 1993 (1999)

Review of section 316 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) (1999)

Review of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (1999)

Contribution Between Persons Liable for the Same Damage (1999)

Interlocutory procedures: discovery and interrogatories (1998)

Review of section 409B of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) (1998)

Circulation of Legal Advice to Government (1998)

Neighbour and Neighbour Relations (1998)

Partial Defences to Murder: Provocation, Diminished Responsibility and Infanticide (1997)

Review of the Adoption of Children Act 1965 (1997)

The Right to Support from Adjoining Land (1997)

Directed Verdicts of Acquittal (1996)

People with an Intellectual Disability and the Criminal Justice System (1996)

Provisional Damages (1996)

Torrens Title: Compensation for Loss (1996)

Industrial Relations (1995)

Defamation (1995)

Barristers’ Practising Certificates (1994)

Blasphemy (1994)

Unilateral Severance of Joint Tenancy (1994)

Scrutiny of the Legal Profession (1993)

Review of the Adoption Information Act 1990 (1992)

Personal Property Securities (1992)

Wills for Persons Lacking Will-Making Capacity (1992)

Common Law Crime (1991)

Environmental Law (1991)

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Training and Accreditation of Mediators (1991)

Rule in Bain v Fothergill (1990)

Criminal Procedure (1990)

Informed Consent to Medical Treatment (1989)

Representations as to Credit (1988)

Dividing Fences (1988)

Disposal of Uncollected Goods (1988)

Registration and Certification of Births and Deaths (1988)

Liability for Dogs (1988)

Artificial Conception (1988)

Evidence (1988)

Co-operative Law Reform Projects (Standing Reference) (1987)

Liability of Highway Authorities for Non-repair (1987)

Recovery of Payments Made Under Mistake of Law (1987)

Sale of Goods (1987)

Limitation of Actions (1986)

Wills: Execution and Revocation (1986)

Attachment of Moneys Deposited with Building Societies and Credit Unions (1985)

Employees’ Liability (1984)

Conscientious Objection to Jury Service (1984)

Passing of Risk Between Vendor And Purchaser Of Land (1984)

Recording of Court Proceedings (1984)

Accident Compensation (1984)

Legal Profession (1984)

Local Courts Act (1983)

Service of Civil Process on Sunday (1983)

Interest on Debts (1983)

Insurance Contracts (1983)

De Facto Relationships (1983)

Unincorporated Associations (1982) ​​

Ethnic Groups (1978)

Testator’s Family Maintenance (1977)

Perpetuities and Accumulations (1976)

Frustrated Contracts (1976)

Arbitration of Civil Disputes (1976)

Sale of Land on Terms (1975)

Persons Under Disability and the Management of their Affairs (1975)

Supreme Court Act Review (1975)

Powers of Attorney (1975)

Coroners (1975)

Crown Proceedings (1975)

Limitation of Actions (1975)

The Courts (1974)

Special Constables (1974)

Procedure (1973)

Share Options (1972)

Appeals in Administration (1972)

Corporations (1971)

Defamation (1971)

Covenants in Restraint of Trade (1970)

Liability for Animals (1970)

Statute Law Revision (1970)

Supreme Court Procedure (1969)

Covenants Affecting Land (1968)

Contracts and the Conflict of Laws (1968)

Mortgages of Personalty (1968)

Options in Leases (1968)

Occupiers’ Liability (1967)

Application of Imperial Acts (1967)

Law of Contract (1966)

Claims for Personal Injury (1966)

Interpretation Act (1966)

Legal Practitioners Act (1966)

Habeas Corpus (1966) ​​