In the UK, Parliament takes an axe to the laws to eliminate the archaic and obsolete laws. Article here:
"Legal clean-out purges old laws
By Michael Peel, Legal Correspondent
Published: March 19 2008 03:50 | Last updated: March 19 2008 03:50
Hundreds of allegedly obsolete laws on subjects ranging from the East India Company to servants who impersonate their masters would be scrapped under plans before parliament.
The Ministry of Justice said the pruning of ?meaningless and defunct laws? would remove all or part of 328 acts of parliament, although it will leave in force legal oddities such as the rights of British monarchs to the heads and tails of whales caught off the country?s shores."