Hi, Alexis:


          Interesting questions!  Did the Commission cease operations?  Was there a period where it didn’t exist?  They use the term “successor” to the Law Reform Commission.  It sounds like a new heading.  I apologize for not being able to provide an authoritative answer.  Did they publish continuously between 2006 and 2013?  Do you have annual reports for this period?  The variant heading: Kenya. Law Reform Commission would be added to the new record, I think.  RDA says so, and the LC/PCC  Policy Statement implies this.  It mentions “additional words” implying subordination, this in addition to what RDA says, and it says Commission is such a term.


          I hope others will chime in on this.






Patrick Lavey

Senior Cataloging Librarian

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UCLA School of Law

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Subject: [PCCLIST] Corporate body when the law which established it changes


Hi Helpful PCC members,


I was wondering if there is guidance somewhere on whether or not a corporate body is considered to be a new one (or warrants a new NAR) if the law which put it into force changes, even though the name of the body stays the same. 


I have this scenario with the Kenya Law Reform Commission. According to its annual reports:


2006, 24th Annual Report: "The KLRC was established on 13th May 1982 by the KLRC Act (Cap.3)"

2014-2015 (no more numbering, although still issued annually): "The Kenya Law Reform Commission is established by the Kenya Law Reform Commission Act, 2013 (no. 19 of 2013) as a successor to the Law Reform Commission, previously established under the repealed Law Reform Commission Act, Cap 3"  


So, my questions: does this warrant a new NAR for the Kenya Law Reform Commission, based on the fact that the law which enacted it has changed? Or should the existing NAR (ARN 2431651, n  88270582) be noted to reflect the change? 


Also, if I'm reading LC-PCC PS for correctly, the variant on this NAR remains valid (Kenya. Law Reform Commission), yes?


The text of the Act can be found here: http://kenyalaw.org/kl/fileadmin/pdfdownloads/Acts/KenyaLawReformCommissionActNo19of2013.PDF

I appreciate you thoughts and guidance on this matter. Am I overthinking this?






Alexis Zirpoli

Cataloging Services Librarian

University of Michigan Law Library