The Law Reform Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland
was established in April 1989 by the then Secretary of
State for Northern Ireland, the Right Honourable Tom King,
MP to "keep the civil law of Northern Ireland under
review and to make recommendations for its reform".
The Committee consists of the Chairman, the Honourable
Mr Justice Morgan; the Vice Chairman, His Honour Judge
Marrinan and currently six members drawn from the legal
professions and academia. The Secretariat for the Committee
is provided by the Office of Law Reform.
Law is an ever shifting field and while Northern Ireland finds itself in a unique situation caught between its past history of being part of Ireland versus modern times when it is part of the United Kingdom. While things will continue to change, even a basic understanding of the history and basis of current law can make a large difference in understanding the current legal system.
Irish law reform has had a long and somewhat complex history. This history must be considered when examining the particular situation that Northern Ireland finds itself in today. This can make the laws of this region, and the legal history, quite a juxtaposition of shifting laws, and regulations.
The Law Reform Advisory Committee evaluates modern reform proposals while appreciating the effects of this history.