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Union Cabinet approved constitution of 21st Law Commission of India

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The Union Cabinet approved constitution of the 21st Law Commission of India for a period of three years from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2018.

The Law Commission will consist of

  • Full-time chairperson.
  • 4 full-time members including a member-secretary, a secretary for Department of Legal Affairs, a secretary for Legislative Department.
  • Part-time members (not exceeding five)

Functions of Law Commission

  • It undertake studies and research for bringing reforms in the justice delivery systems for elimination of delay in procedures, speedy disposal of cases and reduction in cost of litigation.
  • Law Commission includes identification of laws which are no longer relevant and recommending for the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments.
  • Enactment of new legislations to implement the directive principles and to attain the objectives set out in the Preamble of the Constitution.
  • It also prepare and submit reports to the Central Government on all issues, matters, studies and research undertaken by it and recommending effective measures to be taken by the Union or any state.

About Law Commission of India

  • The first Law Commission was established during the British regime in 1834 by the Charter Act of 1833.
  • The first Law Commission of independent India was established in 1955 for a three-year term.
  • The 19th Law Commission was established on 1 September 2009 under the Chairmanship of a justice P.Venkatarama Reddy.
  • The 20th Law Commission was established in 2013 under the former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice Ajit Prakash Shah. Its tenure has been fixed till August 2015.