Series VPRS 16215
References and Community Law Reform Projects
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Date Range: Series 2000 - cont
  Series in Custody 2000 - 2015
  Contents 1884 - 2016
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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2000 - cont Victorian Law Reform Commission VA 4859
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  • How to use the Records
    Researchers may refer to the consignment details to select subject files in which they are interested. The file titles are indicative of the content of the files.

    This series includes files related to the core functions of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, that is, initiation of reform to the law in Victoria by the Attorney-General and other projects initiated by concerned groups in the community.

  • Function / Content
    The Commission created these records in the process of managing and researching references and community law reform projects.

    Major law reform projects were given to the Commission by the Attorney-General. These are known as References. The Commission also initiated smaller projects, Community Law Reform, without a reference from the Attorney-General.

    Community Law Reform projects were smaller-scale projects which investigated less-significant legal issues than References. They may be undertaken following suggestions received from the general community. Records include feasibility, planning and strategy records detailing areas of the law that may need to be examined.

    The process of law reform involved research and analysis, broad consultation and circulation of discussion papers that examine project issues. The Commission aimed to promote discussion and invite feedback. Extensive consultancy was sought in information sessions, roundtables, advisory committees and submissions from stakeholders.

    This series includes meeting agendas, minutes, submissions, reports, decisions and correspondence from legal experts, victims and others related to the core functions of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

    Section 21 of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act (Act No. 44/2000) provides that the Commission may from time to time make an interim report on a reference, and must do so if required by the Attorney-General. It also provides that the Commission must prepare a final report at the end of its work under a reference. A copy of each interim and final report must be submitted to the Attorney-General. The Attorney-General must table each report before each House of the Parliament as specified in the Act.

    This series also included files that were created in relation to the day-to-day running of the agency.

  • Recordkeeping System
    An informal filing system was used in the agency; files were not registered into a formal recordkeeping system.

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P0001 1977 - 2008 Open 52
P0002 2001 - 2010 Closed 5
P0003 2001 - 2012 Open 31
P0004 1946 - 2016 Open 15
P0005 1884 - 2015 Closed 8
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