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:
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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