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Implementing the recommendations of an ombudsman … again

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The Law Commission has been working on ombudsman issues for some years in its attempts to produce legislative reforms to the system of public law remedies. Its latest publication represents its most in-depth study yet of the ombudsman community and contains a number of important proposals. Perhaps its most controversial proposal is to give ombudsman reports enhanced legal authority by making their findings legally binding on public bodies. This article argues that whilst there is much merit in the idea, it is unnecessary and would unfavourably alter the nature of the ombudsman design.

Keywords: enhanced legal authority; legislative reform; ombudsman

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Law, University of Sheffield, UK

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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