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Cabinet Approves Constitution Of 22nd Law Commission Of India

19 Feb 2020 2:13 PM GMT
Cabinet Approves Constitution Of 22nd Law Commission Of India
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The Union Cabinet has approved the constitution of the 22nd Law Commission of India, for a period of three years.

The 21st Law Commission of India under Justice (Retd.) BS Chauhan was established in 2015 and its tenure was upto 31st August, 2018.

The panel will consist of a full-time chairperson, four full-time members (including a member secretary), secretaries of the law and legislative departments and as ex-officio members and not more than five part-time Members.

As per the official press release, the Commission will:

  1. identify laws which are no longer needed or relevant and can be immediately repealed;
  2. examine the existing laws in the light of Directive Principles of State Policy and suggest ways of improvement and reform and also suggest such legislations as might be necessary to implement the Directive Principles and to attain the objectives set out in the Preamble of the Constitution;
  3. consider and convey to the Government its views on any subject relating to law and judicial administration that may be specifically referred to it by the Government through Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Legal Affairs);
  4. Consider the requests for providing research to any foreign countries as may be referred to it by the Government through Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Legal Affairs);
  5. take all such measures as may be necessary to harness law and the legal process in the service of the poor;
  6. revise the Central Acts of general importance so as to simplify them and remove anomalies, ambiguities and inequities;

The Commission shall also, on a reference made to it by the Central Government or suo-motu, undertake research in law and review of existing laws in India for making reforms therein and enacting new legislations. It shall also undertake studies and research for bringing reforms in the justice delivery systems for elimination of delay in procedures, speedy disposal of cases, reduction in cost of litigation etc.

Before finalizing its recommendations, the Commission will consult the nodal Ministry/ Department (s) and such other stakeholders as the Commission may deem necessary for the purpose.

The 1st Law Commission of India was constituted in 1955. They are re-constituted every three years and are usually chaired by a retired Supreme Court judge or chief justice of a high court.

The 22nd Law Commission will be constituted for a period of three years from the date of publication of its Order in the Official Gazette.

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