I would say a new NAR is not required. This is not an unusual situation for such commissions.  Sometimes the law that establishes them has to be changed; sometimes the name of the commission is changed, but sometimes not.  If there has been no intervening change of name and we didn’t dig into the text of the law, we wouldn’t suspect it is not exactly the same commission.  Section 39 of the law says the membership of the old commission continues on the new.


I believe there has been some discussion of whether our current policy of making a new NAR makes sense when there has been an intervening name change.  I don’t think it makes sense when there has been no name change and it’s a direct continuation of the old body and only the authorizing law has changed.



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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Alexis Zirpoli
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 14:12
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Corporate body when the law which established it changes


Mr. Schiff,


Thanks. I wasn't asking what the preferred name would be, though. It is currently entered with the AAP as Kenya Law Reform Commission. What I'm wondering is if a new NAR is necessary since the laws which enacted the body have changed.


- Alexis


On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 12:20 PM, Adam L. Schiff <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

The preferred name would be:


Kenya Law Reform Commission


The name fails the test for subordinate entry because the name of the government or parent body is already in it.  

Adam L. Schiff
Principal Cataloger
University of Washington Libraries
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Seattle, WA 98195-2900


On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 8:57 AM -0700, "Alexis Zirpoli" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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?


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






Alexis Zirpoli

Cataloging Services Librarian

University of Michigan Law Library






Alexis Zirpoli

Cataloging Services Librarian

University of Michigan Law Library