The Law Commission of Sri Lanka was established under the Law Commission Act No. 03 of 1969. The Law Commission is statutorily required to keep the laws in Sri Lanka under review, to advice on the elimination of anomalies, repeal of obsolete laws and simplification and modernization of the applicable law. The department of the Law Commission was established as a permanent government Department under the Ministry of Justice to provide administrative support to the Law Commission.
In accordance with the Section 2 of the Law Commission Act, a Chairman and members of the Law Commission are appointed by His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka for a period of five years.