Criminal Law Reform

“Law reform” refers to the replacement of an existing law with a new one, or to the filling of a gap where no law previously existed. “Criminal law reform” refers, as its name suggests, to the reform of a particular kind of laws, criminal laws. These laws include regulatory laws that endow the criminal justice system with powers and duties to carry out its functions and set out procedures to be followed (e.g., laws pertaining to prosecutors and the police, and codes of criminal procedure). Criminal laws also include laws that govern the conduct of the citizenry and determine what conduct is criminal or not (e.g., criminal codes) and what rights citizens have in the criminal process (e.g., criminal procedure codes).

See also the Model Laws and Tools, which contains links to a variety of model criminal laws and tools.