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The advent of devolution has meant that for the first time since the age of the Tudors it is meaningful once again to speak of Welsh law. The legislative powers conferred by successive devolution settlements have brought both opportunities and challenges. Foremost among the challenges is the need for the law to be accessible to its subjects. This article discusses the importance of the Welsh Government’s programme for consolidation and codification of the statute law of Wales, issues surrounding the drafting and interpretation of bilingual legislation and the role of the Supreme Court under the Government of Wales Act 2006. It ends with an account of the inaugural sitting of the Supreme Court in Wales in July 2019.

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