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Ad hoc commissions. Committees, enquiries and Public Enquiries.

A Review of the Criminal Courts of England and Wales (Lord Justice Auld)

Lead to the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

Modernising Justice (Lord Woolf)

Lead to Access to Justice Act 1999.

Committee of Inquiry (Baroness Warnock 1984)

Lead to Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.

Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse in Cleveland (Butler-Sloss 1988)

Lead to Children Act 1989.

Committee on Obscenity (Williams 1979)

Not implemented.

Brixton Riots (Lord Scarman 1981)

BBC news video, here.


The majority of the Scarman Report's recommendations, found favour with the opinion makers and were included in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984. This Act of Parliament sets out the way in which the Police Officers should carry out their roles and stated specific codes of practice for police procedures.


It also established the rights of people who are detained by the police for a suspected crime or offence.


Independent Commission on the Electoral System (Jenkins 1998)

Unlikely to be implemented.

The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry (Sir William Macpherson)

One recommendation enacted by the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.


Law Commission report Double Jeopardy and Prosecution Appeals (2001) which recommended in the case of murder - the abolition of the rule that one cannot be tried twice for the same offence.


This rule was effectively removed for serious offences and now a defendant can be arrested and tried again following acquittal.


More detail on double jeopardy, here.

The Bloody Sunday Enquiry

Inquiry into the events of January 1972 when 13 people in a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march were shot dead by British soldiers. We await the result.


Enquiry website here.

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