Union Cabinet approved constitution of 21st Law Commission of India

Sep 9, 2015 10:05 IST

The Union Cabinet on 9 September 2015 gave its approval for the Constitution of the 21st Law Commission of India.

The formation of the commission was necessitated as the term of the 20th law commission ended on 31 August 2015. It was headed by Justice Ajit Prakash Shah.

The 21st law commission will be functional for a period of three years between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2018 and will consist of

A full-time Chairperson;
Four full-time Members (including a Member-Secretary)
Secretary, Department of Legal Affairs as ex-officio member
Secretary, Legislative Department as ex-officio member
Not more than five part-time Members.

Functions of Law Commission of India

• Undertaking research in law and review of existing laws in India for making reforms therein and enacting new legislations on a reference made to it by the Central Government or suo-motu.
• Undertaking 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
• Identification of laws which are no longer relevant and recommending for the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments
• Suggesting enactment of new legislations as may be necessary to implement the Directive Principles and to attain the objectives set out in the Preamble of the Constitution
• Considering and conveying 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)
• Considering the requests for providing research to any foreign countries as may be referred to it by the Government through Ministry of Law & Justice (Department of Legal Affairs)
• Preparing and submitting to the Central Government, from time to time, reports on all issues, matters, studies and research undertaken by it and recommending in such reports for effective measures to be taken by the Union or any State; and
• Performing such other functions as may be assigned to it by the Central Government from time to time.

About Law Commission of India

• It is a non-statutory body constituted by the Government of lndia from time to time.
• It was originally constituted in 1955 and is re-constituted every three years.
• The various Law Commissions have been able to make important contribution towards the progressive development and codification of laws of the country.
• Law Commissions have so far submitted 262 reports.

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