The Commission succeeds the Law Reform Commission Act, 2011 (Act 822) which was first established by the Law Reform Commission Decree 1968 (NLCD 288), later amended by the Law Reform Commission (Amendment) Decree, 1975 (NRCD 325).

The object of the Commission under section 2 of Act 822 is to promote law reform in the country.  To achieve the object, the Commission is required under section 3 among other functions, to make practical proposals for the development, simplification and modernization of the law.  It is also to advice the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice on policies for law reform.


To excel in the promotion of law reform in Ghana.


To consult widely and make practical recommendations for the development and modernization of the laws of Ghana, and to ensure that the laws are fair, simple, and responsive at all times to the needs of the country.


To make proposals for the revision and reform of laws towards national economic and social development.


 In accordance with section 3 of the Act, the Commission is required to undertake the following:

  • Receive, consider and make proposals for the initiation and reform of any law in the   country;
  • Prepare and submit through the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, proposals for the examination of different aspects of the law including recommendations for the codification and consolidation of legislation;
  • Make practical proposals for the development, simplification and modernization of the law;Advise the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General on polices for law reform;
  • Undertake the examination of particular areas of the law and formulate proposals for reform after appropriate research
  • Provide advice and information to Ministries, Departments, Agencies and the private sector for the reform or amendment of a law;
  • Obtain information of the legal systems of other countries that may facilitate the performance of its functions; and
  • Perform any other functions that are ancillary to the object of the Commission.