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California Law Revision Commission

-- Last revised 6/2/14 --

History and Purpose

    The California Law Revision Commission was created in 1953 as the permanent successor to the Code Commission and given responsibility for the continuing substantive review of California statutory and decisional law. The Commission studies the law in order to discover defects and anachronisms and recommends legislation to make needed reforms. (See the Commission's governing statute.)

    The Commission assists the Legislature in keeping the law up to date by:

    The Commission's efforts enable the Legislature to focus on significant policy questions in a recommendation rather than on the technical issues which can be resolved in the process of preparing background studies, working out intricate legal problems, and drafting implementing legislation. The Commission thus helps the Legislature accomplish needed reforms that otherwise might not be made because of the heavy demands on legislative time. In some cases, the Commission's report demonstrates that no new legislation on a particular topic is needed, thus relieving the Legislature of the need to study the topic.

    The Commission consists of:

    The Commission may study only topics that the Legislature has authorized. The Commission maintains a calendar topics authorized for study.