Law Revision

The best way to define "law revision" is to distinguish it from "law reform". Many people fail to make a clear distinction between the two terms. When a law or laws in pari materia that cover a certain subject area have become antiquated or unsuitable with the circumstances and needs of the society as to require major changes, there is a need for law reform. On the other hand, when the regime of laws of a country have become untidy and inaccessible, not only to the average citizen but to the lawyer, because of years of diverse amendments to legislation, dictated by the exigencies of administration, there is a need for law revision. The primary objective of doing a law revision is to facilitate the users of the law, that is to say, judges and magistrates, officers of the various courts and registries, law enforcement officers, lawyers and the public generally. Ultimately, a law revision is to facilitate the administration of justice, the enforcement of law and order and the management of the public and private sector. The people of a country can only be said to be ruled by the "rule of law" when the laws are not only available but the extant law on any given subject is easily ascertainable. When a principal law is amended on numerous occasions discerning what the law is in relation to that law becomes difficult even for experienced lawyers and judges.