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Centre appoints members to Law Commission

J. Venkatesan


Commission given mandate to review/repeal obsolete laws

To suggest steps for simplification of procedure, a means to achieve justice


New Delhi: The Centre has appointed two full-time and seven part-time members to the 19 {+t} {+h} Law Commission of India, which was reconstituted in September 2009.

Retired Supreme Court Judge P.V. Reddy was appointed Chairman of the Commission in March this year.

Full-time Members are: Justice Shivkumar Sharma, retired judge of the Rajasthan High Court and Amarjit Singh Chandhiok, former Additional Solicitor General of India. Part-time Members are: Professor Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor, National Law School, Delhi; Dr.Shashikala Gurpur, Principal, Symbiosis Law School, Pune; Professor M. Afzal Wani, University School of Law and Legal Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi and four senior advocates — B.V. Acharya of Bangalore; R. Venkataramani and A. Mariarputham (Supreme Court advocates) and Achutan.

The Commission has been given the mandate to review/repeal obsolete laws; to identify laws which require changes or amendments and to make suggestions for their amendment; to consider in a wider perspective the suggestions for revision/amendment given by Expert Groups in various Ministries/Departments with a view to coordinating and harmonising them; To suggest suitable measures for quick redressal of citizens grievances, in the field of Law; to examine the Laws which affect the poor, and carry out post-audit for socio-economic legislation; to take all such measures as may be necessary to harness Law and the legal process in the service of the poor; to keep under review the system of judicial administration to ensure that it is responsive to the reasonable demands of the times and in particular to secure elimination of delays, speedy clearance of arrears and reduction in costs so as to secure quick and economical disposal of cases without affecting the cardinal principle that decisions should be just and fair.  

The Commission will also suggest steps for: simplification of procedure to reduce and eliminate technicalities and devices for delay so that it operates not as an end in itself but as a means of achieving justice; improvement of standards of all concerned with the administration of justice; to examine the existing laws with a view to promoting gender equality and suggesting amendments there-to; to revise the Central Acts of General Importance so as to simplify them and remove anomalies, ambiguities and inequities; to examine the impact of globalisation on food security and unemployment, and recommend measures for the protection of the interests of the marginalised.

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