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.
Functions of the Commission
The Law Commission is charged with the general duty of keeping under review the law, both substantive and procedural with a view to its systematic development and reform, the codification of the law, the repeal of anomalies, the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments and generally the simplification and modernization of the law. It is also the duty of the Law Commission to keep under constant review the exercise by bodies other than Parliament of the power to legislate by subsidiary legislation with a view to ensuring that they conform to well established principles and to the rule of law. The Commission is also charged with the specific duty of reviewing the system of legal education.