EARLY BEGINNINGS: Law Reform has been a continuing process particularly during the last 300 years or more

in Indian history. In the ancient period, when religious and customary law occupied the field, reform process had been ad hoc and not institutionalized through duly constituted law reform agencies. However, since the third decade of the nineteenth century, Law Commissions were constituted by the Government from time to time and were empowered to recommend legislative reforms with a view to clarify, consolidate and codify particular branches of law where the Government felt the necessity for it. The first such Commission was established in 1834 under the Charter Act of 1833 under the Chairmanship of Lord Macaulay which recommended codification of the Penal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code and a few other matters. Thereafter, the second, third and fourth Law Commissions were constituted in 1853, 1861 and 1879 respectively which, during a span of fifty years contributed a great deal to enrich the Indian Statute Book with a large variety of legislations on the pattern of the then prevailing English Laws adapted to Indian conditions. The Indian Code of Civil Procedure, the Indian Contract Act, the Indian Evidence Act, the Transfer of Property Act. etc. are products of the labour of the first four Law Commissions.

POST-INDEPENDENCE DEVELOPMENTS: After independence, the Constitution of India with its Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy gave a new direction to law reform geared to the needs of a democratic legal order in a plural society. Though the Constitution stipulated the continuation of pre-Constitution Laws (Article 372) till they are amended or repealed, there had been demands in Parliament and outside for establishing a Central Law Commission to recommend revision and updating of the inherited laws to serve the changing needs of the country. The Government of India reacted favourably and established the First Law Commission of Independent India in 1955 with the then Attorney-General of India, Mr. M. C. Setalvad, as its Chairman. This Commission produced the following reports:-

REPORTS SUBMITTED BY FIRST LAW COMMISSION No. of the Report 1. 2. Subject Date of Presentation

Liability of the State in Tort.

11. 5. 1956

Parliamentary Legislation relating to Sales 2. 7. 1956 Tax. Limitation Act, 1908 On the proposal that High Courts should sit in Benches at different places in a State British Statutes Applicable to India. Registration Act, 1908 Partnership Act, 1932 Sale of Goods Act, 1930 Specific Relief Act, 1877 Law of Acquisition and Requisitioning of Land. Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 Income-Tax Act, 1922 Contract Act, 1872 21. 7. 56 1. 8. 56

3. 4.

5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10

11. 5. 57 13. 7. 57 13. 7. 57 1. 3. 58 19. 7. 58 26. 9. 58

11 12 13

26. 9. 58 26. 9. 58 26. 9. 58

14

Reform of Judicial Administration

16. 9. 58

Since then nineteen more Law Commissions have been appointed, each with a three-year term and with different terms of reference. The names of Chairman who presided over these Commissions are given below:Second Law Commission 1958-61 Mr. Justice T. V. Venkatarama Aiyar. Mr. Justice J. L. Kapur Mr. Justice J. L. Kapur

Third Law Commission 1961-64 Fourth Law Commission 1964-68

Fifth Law Commission 1968-71 Sixth Law Commission 1971-74

Mr. K. V. K. Sundaram, I. C. S. Mr. Justice Dr. P. B. Gajendragadkar Mr. Justice Dr. P. B. Gajendragadkar Mr. Justice H. R. Khanna

Seventh Law Commission Eighth Law Commission Ninth Law Commission Tenth Law Commission Eleventh Law Commission Twelfth Law Commission Thirteenth Law Commission

1974-77

1977-79

1979-80

Mr. Justice P. V. Dixit

1981-85

Mr. Justice K. K. Mathew

1985-88

Mr. Justice D. A. Desai

1988-91

Mr. Justice M. P. Thakkar

1991-94

Mr. Justice K. N. Singh

V. Jeevan Reddy 2002-2003 Mr. 2009. Justice B. Justice M.e. Justice AR Lakshmanan 2009-2012 Shri Justice P. Justice M. Jagannadha Rao 2006-2009 Dr. Reddi The List of reports the earlier Law Commissions including present Law Commission have forwarded to the Government during the past four decades is given at the end of this monograph. Justice K Jayachandra Reddy 1997-2000 Mr.Fourteenth Law Commission Fifteenth Law Commission Sixteenth Law Commission 1995-97 Mr. Reddi CHAIRMAN (w. The Commission comprises of the following:Shri Justice P. Justice B. Brahm A. V. P. P.f. 2012. THE NINETEENTH LAW COMMISSION The Nineteenth Law Commission was constituted through a Government order with effect from September 1. It will have a three-year term ending August 31. Jeevan Reddy 2000-2001 Mr.25-03-2010) MEMBER Dr. Agrawal MEMBER SECRETARY & SECRETARY TO . Jagannadha Rao Seventeenth Law Commission Eighteenth Law Commission Nineteenth Law Commission 2003-2006 Mr.

To identify laws which require changes or amendments and to make suggestions for their amendment. 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. iv. To identify laws which are in harmony with the existing climate of economic liberalization which need no change. To examine the Law which affect the poor and carry out post-audit for socio-economic legislation. ii. The Terms of Reference of the Nineteenth Law Commission are as follows:A. v. To consider references made to it by Ministries/Departments in respect of legislation having bearing on the working of more than one Ministry/Department. To take all such measures as may be necessary to harness law and the legal process in the service of the poor. 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. C. B. 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 harmonizing them. To identify laws which are no longer needed or relevant and can be immediately repealed. ii. in the field of law. Elimination of delays. . Law and Poverty i. 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: i. vi. iii.THE GOVT. Review/Repeal of obsolete laws: i. ii. To suggest suitable measures for quick redressal of citizens grievances. OF INDIA The Commission is empowered to have a few part-time Members and/or Consultants depending upon the need and on the Approval of the Government.

The Law Commission of India has forwarded 234 Reports so far on different subjects. HOW DOES THE COMMISSION FUNCTION The Commission's regular staff consists of about a dozen research personnel of different ranks and varied experiences. Improvement of standards of all concerned with the administration of D. To examine the impact of globalization on food security.iii. They are cited in Courts. H. unemployment and recommend measures for the protection of the interests of the marginalized. FOLLOW-UP The Reports of the Law Commission are considered by the Ministry of Law in consultation with the concerned administrative Ministries and are submitted to Parliament from time to time. . in academic and public discourses and are acted upon by concerned Government Departments depending on the Government's recommendations. J. F. To recommend to the Government measure for bringing the statute book up-todate by repealing obsolete laws and enactments or parts thereof which have outlived their utility. To revise the Central Acts of General Importance so as to simplify them and to remove anomalies. E. To examine the existing laws in the light of Directive Principles of State Policy and to suggest ways of improvement and reform and also to suggest such legislation as might be necessary to implement the Directive Principles and to attain the objective set out in the Preamble to the Constitution. ambiguities and inequities. A small group of secretarial staff looks after the administration side of the Commission's operations. . justice. To consider and to convey to the Government its views on any subject relating to law and judicial administration that may be referred to it by the Government through Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Legal Affairs). To examine the existing laws with a view to promoting gender equality and suggesting amendments thereto. To 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). G. I.

Seminars and workshops are organised in different parts of the country to elicit critical opinion on proposed strategies for reform. Once the Report and summary are finalised. which may be sent to the Member-Secretary. Priorities are discussed. The Commission is constantly on the look out for strategies to accomplish this goal within the limited resources available to it. The paper is then sent out for circulation in the public and concerned interest groups with a view to eliciting reactions and suggestions. The Law Commission has been anxious to ensure that the widest section of people are consulted in formulating proposals for law reforms. Once the data and informed views are assembled. It is obvious that the success of the Commission's work in law reforms is dependent upon its capacity to assemble the widest possible inputs from the public and concerned interest groups. LAW COMMISSION OF INDIA LIST OF REPORTS FORWARDED (1955-2009) . the final report is forwarded to the Government. topics are identified and preparatory work is assigned to each member of the Commission. different methodologies for collection of data and research are adopted keeping the scope of the proposal for reform in mind. What emerges out of this preparatory work in the Commission is usually a working paper outlining the problem and suggesting matters deserving reform. the Commission's staff evaluates them and organises the information for appropriate introduction in the report which is written either by the Member-Secretary or one of the Members or the Chairman of the Commission. In this regard the media plays an important role which the Commission proposes to tap more frequently than before. but also evolving a consensus among members of the Commission. The Commission welcomes suggestions from any person. Depending upon the nature and scope of the topic. institution or organisation on the issues under consideration of the Commission. It is then subjected to close scrutiny by the full Commission in prolonged meetings. Discussion at Commission meetings during this period helps not only in articulating the issues and focussing the research.Basically the projects undertaken by the Commission are initiated in the Commission's meetings which take place frequently. partnerships are established with professional bodies and academic institutions. Thereafter. the Commission may decide to prepare a draft amendment or a new bill which may be appended to its report. In this process. Usually a carefully prepared questionnaire is also sent with the document.

of the Report Subject Year of submission First Law Commission (Chairman Mr. Setalvad 1955-1958) 1. C.FIRST LAW COMMISSION SECOND LAW COMMISSION THIRD LAW COMMISSION FOURTH LAW COMMISSION FIFTH LAW COMMISSION SIXTH LAW COMMISSION SEVENTH LAW COMMISSION EIGHTH LAW COMMISSION NINTH LAW COMMISSION TENTH LAW COMMISSION ELEVENTH LAW COMMISSION TWELFTH LAW COMMISSION THIRTEENTH LAW COMMISSION FOURTEENTH LAW COMMISSION FIFTEENTH LAW COMMISSION SIXTEENTH LAW COMMISSION SEVENTEENTH LAW COMMISSION EIGHTEENTH LAW COMMISSION NINETEENTH LAW COMMISSION No. Liability of the State in Torts. 1956 . M.

1908 Partnership Act. 9. Law relating to Marriage and Divorce amongst Christians in India. 1957 1957 1957 1958 1958 1958 5. 1908 1956 3. Registration Act.2. 12. L. Justice T. 1960 . 11. 1877 Law of Acquisition and Requisitioning of Land. Negotiable Instruments Act. 1958 1958 1958 1958 BACK TO LAW COMMISSION Second Law Commission (Chairman Mr. 14. 1930 Specific Relief Act. 6. 1872 Reform of Judicial Administration. Parliamentary Legislation relating to Sales 1956 Tax. British Statutes applicable to India. 8. 1932 Sale of Goods Act. 1922 Contract Act. 13. Venkatrama Aiyar 1958-1961) 15. 1881 Income Tax Act. Limitation Act. 10. 7. 4. On the proposal that High Courts should sit 1956 in Benches at different places in a State.

Report on Trusts Act. Insolvency Laws 27. 1962 1962. Official Trustees Act. as proposed. 24. 1866. 1963 1964 1964 . The Administrator-General's Act. 20. 19. 1882. 1913.16. 26. Evidence of Officers about forged stamps.1961 1960 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 Third Law Commission (Chairman Mr. The Commission of Inquiry Act. currency notes. 22. The Code of Civil Procedure. 21. 1913. Kapur 1961-1964) 23. Section 509-A Cr. The Law of Hire-Purchase Marine Insurance Christian Marriage and Matrimonial Causes Bill. 1908. 17.C. 1952 25. Justice J. Converts’ Marriage Dissolution Act. etc. L. 18.P. Law of Foreign Marriages.

1898 (Sections 1967 1 to 176). Kapur 1964-1968) 29. Fifth Law Commission (Chairman Mr. 1908. 37. 498 and 499 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. 1908-Extension to Delhi. Section 30(2) of the Indian Registration Act. 1967 32. Punishment of imprisonment for life under the 1968 . 35. Indian Post Office Act. Sections 497. Section 9 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.28. K. taxation by the States of Sales in the course of import. 34. 1968 38. The Indian Oaths Act. Sundaram 1968-1971) 39. Section 44. 1873. K. 1967 1898-Appointment of Sessions Judges. 1964 Fourth Law Commission (Chairman Mr. 1898-Grant of bail with condition. 1898. L. Additional Session Judges and Assistant Sessions Judges. 1967 1967 1967 1967 33. 1967 31. Indian Registration Act. Justice J. Capital Punishment. Proposal to include certain Social and Economic 1966 Offences in the Indian Penal Code Section 5 of the Central Sales Tax Act. The Code of Criminal Procedure. 36. 1898. 30. Code of Criminal Procedure. V. 1956.

1972 48. 1969 41. 1971 46. The Appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in Civil Matters. 1898. B. Offences against the National Security. 1970. 44. Some questions under the Code of Criminal Procedure Bill. Indian Penal Code. The Proposal for inclusion of agricultural 1972 income in the total income for the purpose of determining the rate of tax under the Incometax Act. The Trial and Punishment of Social and Economic Offences. The Constitution (Twenty-fifth Amendment) Bill.Indian Penal Code. 40. 1972 49. 50. 42. P. 1971 47. The Proposal to include persons connected 1972 with Public examination within the definition of "Public Servant" in the Indian Penal Code. 1969 1971 1971 1971 Sixth Law Commission (Chairman Mr. 1961. . 43. Law relating to attendance of Prisoners in Courts.1971. Justice Dr. Gajendragadkar 1971-1974) 45. Civil Appeals to the Supreme Court on a Certificate of Fitness. The Code of Criminal Procedure.

Estate Duty on Property acquired after death. 1954. Civil Procedure Code. 1908. 1974 60. 1871 on the right 1972 to sue for pensions of retired members of the public services. 1956. The General Clauses Act. 1974 1974 Seventh Law Commission (Chairman Mr. 55. 1973 1973 54. 56. 1972 Effect of the Pensions Act. P. 59. of the Code of Civil Procedure. 1972 52. The Code of Civil Procedure. Gajendragadkar 1974-1977) 62. B. 1897. 1908. Hindu Marriage Act.51. 53. Statutory Provisions as to Notice of suit other 1973 than section 80. Rate of interest after decree and interest on costs under sections 34 and 35. 58. Workmen's Compensation Act. 1955 and Special Marriage Act. Justice Dr. Compensation for injuries caused by automobiles in hit-and-run cases. 1973 1974 57. Structure and Jurisdiction of the Higher Judiciary. Benami Transactions. 61. 1974 . 1923. Certain problems connected with power of the States to levy a tax on the sale of goods and with the Central Sales Tax Act.

Criminal liability for failure by Husband to pay maintenance or permanent alimony granted to the wife By the court under certain enactments or rules of law. The Powers of Attorney Act. 1839. 1872.Irretrievable 1978 breakdown of marriage as a ground of divorce. 1882 The Indian Evidence Act. Restriction on practice after being a permanent Judge. 1978 . Khanna. 1882. The Indian Stamp Act. Article 220 of the Constitution. 1977-1979) 71 The Hindu Marriage Act. 1975 1975 65. 1874. 68 69 70 1976 1976 1977 1977 1977 1977 Eighth Law Commission (Chairman Mr.63. Justice H. 1899. 1955. The Suppression of Immoral Traffic in Women and Girls Act. 1956. The Interest Act. 66. R. 1978 72 73 1978 74 Proposal to amend the Indian Evidence Act. 64. The Transfer of Property Act. Recognition of Foreign Divorces Married Women's Property Act. 67.

Delay and arrears in trial courts. 1856. Dixit 1979-1980) 81 82 Hindu Widows Re-marriage Act. 1979 1980 83 The Guardians and Wards Act. 1890 and 1980 certain provisions of the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act. 1979 80 Ninth Law Commission (Chairman Mr. Rape and allied offences-some questions of 1980 substantive law. 84 . 1938. Arbitration Act. 1961. Method of Appointment of Judges.1872 so as to render Admissible certain statements made By witnesses before Commission of Inquiry and other statutory authorities. procedure and evidence. 1956. 1940. 75 Disciplinary Jurisdiction under the Advocates Act. 1979 Delay and Arrears in High Courts and other 1979 Appellate Courts. V. Justice P. 1978 76 77 78 79 1978 1979 Congestion of under trial prisoners in jails. Insurance Act. Effect of nomination under section 39.

Mathew 1981-1985) 88 Governmental Privilege in Evidence: 1983 Sections 123-124 and 162. 1860 and the Indian Evidence Act. the Indian Penal Code. 1869. Dowry deaths and law reform: Amending 1983 the Hindu Marriage Act. of the Indian Divorce Act. 1872 and Articles 74 and 163 of the Constitution. Justice K. Indian Evidence Act. 1980 1980 86 87 Tenth Law Commission (Chairman Mr. 1872.85 Claims for compensation under Chapter 8 of 1980 the Motor Vehicles Act. Damages in applications for Judicial Review 1983 Recommendations for legislation. K. Disclosure of sources of information by mass media. The Limitation Act. Evidence obtained illegally or improperly: proposed section 166A. Identification of Prisoners Act. The Partition Act. 1963. 1920. 1893. 1983 89 90 The Grounds of Divorce amongst Christians 1983 in India: section 10. 1955. 1983 91 92 93 94 1983 . Indian Evidence Act. 1872. 1939.

Indian Contract Act. 1984 Quality Control and Inspection of consumer 1984 goods. Freedom of Speech and Expression under Article 19 of the Constitution: recommendation to extend it to Indian Corporations. Motor Vehicles Act. 1984 1955: Orders for interim maintenance and orders for the maintenance of children in matrimonial proceedings. Section 28.95 Constitutional Division within the Supreme 1984 Court. Repeal of certain obsolete Central Acts. Hindu Marriage Act. 1984 103 104 105 The Judicial Officers' Protection Act. Oral and written arguments in the Higher courts. 1850. 1872: prescriptive clauses in contracts. 1939: effect of Transfer of a Motor Vehicle on Insurance. 1973: imprisonment for breach of bond for keeping the peace with sureties. 1984 106 . Unfair Terms in Contract. 1984 1984 96 97 98 Sections 24 to 26. 1984 101 102 Section 122(1) of the Code of Criminal 1984 Procedure.A proposal for. 1984 99 100 Litigation by and against the Government: 1984 some recommendations for reform. Section 103A.

Formation of an All India Judicial Service. Section 45 of the Insurance Act. Desai 1985-1988) 114 115 116 117 Gram Nyayalaya.107 108 109 Law of Citizenship.Suggested section 114B. Indian Penal Code. 1986 1986 1986 1986 . Justice D. Training of Judicial Officers. 1925. 1985 1985 1985 1985 110 111 112 113 Eleventh Law Commission (Chairman Mr. The Indian Succession Act. 1855. 1984 1984 Obscene and Indecent advertisements and 1985 Displays: sections 292-293. Tax Courts. A. Injuries in Police Custody. The Fatal Accidents Act. 1938. Promissory Estoppel. Evidence Act.

1988 1988 124 125 126 Government and Public Sector Undertaking 1988 Litigation Policy and Strategies. 1939. 1988 130 131 Role of legal profession in Administration of 1988 . The Supreme Court. Manpower Planning in Judiciary: A Blueprint 1987 A New Forum for Judicial Appointments. Benami Transactions:A Continuum. Resource Allocation for Infra-structural Services in Judicial Administration (A continuum of the Report on Manpower Planning in Judiciary: A Blueprint). Cost of Litigation. The High Court Arrears. 1986 119 Access to Exclusive Forum for Victims of 1987 Motor Accidents under Motor Vehicles Act.A Fresh Look. Forum for National Uniformity in Labour Adjudication.A Fresh Look. 1987 1987 120 121 122 123 Decentralisation of Administration of 1988 Justice:Disputes Involving Centres of Higher Education. 1988 127 128 129 Urban Litigation – Mediation as alternative 1988 to Adjudication.118 Method of appointment to subordinate courts/ subordinate judiciary.

How to foreclose and how to resolve. Removing Deficiencies in certain Provisions 1989 of the Workmen's Compensation Act. 1973 in order to ameliorate the hardship and mitigate the distress of Neglected Women. 1989 133 134 135 136 Conflicts in High Court Decisions on Central 1990 Laws. Twelfth Law Commission (Chairman Mr. Need for creating office of Ombudsman 1990 and for evolving legislative administrative measures inter-alia to relieve hardships caused by inordinate delays in settling Provident Fund claims of beneficiaries. Rule 1991 92(2). 1923.Justice. Removal of Discrimination against Women 1989 in matters relating to Guardianship and Custody of Minor Children and Elaboration of the Welfare Principle. 1990 137 138 139 Urgent need to amend Order XXI. Code of Civil Procedure to remove an anomaly which nullifies the benevolent . Women in Custody. P. Thakkar 1988-1991) 132 Need for Amendment of the Provisions of 1989 the Chapter IX of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Legislative Protection for Slum and Pavement Dwellers. Justice M. Children and Parents.

The Specific Relief Act. 1991 141 142 Concessional treatment for offenders who 1991 on their own initiative choose to plead guilty without any bargaining. Need for amending the law as regards power of courts to restore criminal revisional applications and criminal cases dismissed for default in appearance. Indian Penal Code. 1908. Legislative safeguards for protecting the small depositors from exploitation. N. Sale of Women and Children: Proposed Section 373-A.intention of the legislature and occasions injustice to judgement-debtors sought to be benefited. 1908. 140 Need to amend Order V. Rule 19A of the 1991 Code of Civil Procedure. Singh 1991-1994) 144 Conflicting Judicial decisions pertaining to the Code of Civil Procedure. 1992 145 1992 146 1993 147 1993 . Justice K. 1991 143 Thirteenth Law Commission (Chairman Mr. relating to service of summons by registered post with a view to foreclose likely injustice. Article 12 of the Constitution and Public Sector Undertakings. 1963.

1985(Act No. The Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic 1997 Substances Act. V of 1908). The Indian Penal Code. 2 of 1974). Reddy 1995-1997) 154 The Code of Criminal Procedure. Admiralty Jurisdiction. 1988 (Act No. Custodial Crimes. Justice K. 1994 1994 1994 151 152 153 Fourteenth Law Commission (Chairman Mr. 1993 1994 150 Suggesting some Amendments to the Code 1994 of Civil Procedure (Act No. 1997 155 156 Fifteenth Law Commission . 59 of 1988). 1973 (Act 1996 No. J. Inter-Country Adoption.148 149 Repeal of Certain pre-1947 Central Acts. Removal of certain deficiencies in the Motor Vehicles Act. 61 of 1985).

1972 Amendment of Army. 1998. 52 of 1987) Central Vigilance Commission and Allied Bodies. 1997 The Indian Divorce Act. The Amendment of the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act. Jeevan Reddy 1997-2000) 157 Section 52:Transfer of Property Act. 1882 and its Amendment. Customs. The Patents (Amendment) Bill.(Chairman Mr. 1987 (Act No. Review of functioning of Central Administrative Tribunal. The Hire-Purchase Act. Navy and Air Force 1998 164 165 1998 166 1999 167 168 169 1999 1999 1999 . 1869 (Act IV of 1869) Free and Compulsory Education for Children The Corrupt Public Servants (forfeiture of property) Bill. Justice B. Excise and Gold (Control) Appellate Tribunal and Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal 1998 161 162 1998 163 The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) 1998 Bill. P. 1951 Repeal and Amendment of Laws: Part I 1998 158 1998 159 160 1998 Amendment to the All India Council for 1998 Technical Education Act.

Justice M.Act. Jeevan Reddy 2000-2001) (Chairman Mr. 2002 Law Relating to Arrest 2001 177 2001 . 170 171 172 173 Reform of the Electoral Laws The Biodiversity Bill. 2000 Property Rights of Women: Proposed Reforms Under the Hindu Law 1999 2000 2000 2000 174 2000 Sixteenth Law Commission (Chairman Mr. 2000 2000 176 The Arbitration and conciliation (Amendment) Bill. Justice B. P. 2000 Review of Rape Laws Prevention of Terrorism Bill. Jagannadha Rao 2002-2003) 175 The Foreigners (Amendment) Bill.

1872. 182 2002 183 2002 184 2002 185 Review of the Indian Evidence Act.178 Recommendations for amending various enactments. 1894. 1956. Jagannadha Rao 2003-2006) 186 187 Proposal to Constitute Environment Courts 2003 Mode of Execution of Death Sentence and 2003 . Legal Education & Professional Training and Proposals for amendments to the Advocates Act. Justice M. A Continuum on the General Clauses Act. both civil and criminal Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers Article 20 (3) of the Constitution of India and Right to Silence 2001 179 2001 180 2002 181 Amendment to Section 106 of the Transfer 2002 of Property Act. 1961 and the University Grants Commission Act. 2003 SEVENTEENTH LAW COMMISSION (Chairman Mr. 1897 with special reference to the admissibility and codification of external aids to interpretation of statutes. 1882 Amendment of Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act.

The Judges (Inquiry) Bill. Conflict of Laws. Transnational Litigation. Verification of Stamp Duties and Registration of Arbitral Awards. Revision of Court Fees Structure The Revision of the Insurance Act. Witness Identity Protection and Witness Protection Programmes 2006 2006 197 198 199 Unfair (Procedural and Substancive) Terms 2006 in Contracts Trial by Media: Free Speech Vs.Track Commercial Divisions in High Courts.Incidental Matters 188 The Proposals for Constitution of Hi-Tech Fast . 1999 2003 189 190 2004 2004 191 Regulation of Funds collected for Calamity 2004 Relief. Fair Trial 2006 Under Criminal Procedure (Amendments to 200 . 2005 2005 2005 192 193 194 2005 195 196 2006 Medical Treatment to Terminally Ill Patients 2006 (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) Public Prosecutor’s Appointments. Law of Limitation. Prevention of vexatious Litigation. 1938 and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act.

Proposal for amendment of Explanation to Section 6 of the Hindu Succession Act. 1925 2008 208 209 . 2005 (Anticipatory Bail) 2007 203 2007 204 205 206 Proposal to Amend the Hindu Succession Act. 1971) 201 Medical Treatment after Accidents and During Emergency Medical Condition and Women in Labour 2006 EIGHTEENTH LAW COMMISSION (Chairman Dr. 2006 and other allied Laws. Proposal to Amend the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act. Justice AR. 1956 2008 as amended by Act 39 of 2005. Lakshmanan 2007-2009) 202 Proposal to Amend Section 304-B of the Indian Penal Code Section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. 1973 as Amended by the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act. 1956 to include oral 2008 partition and family arrangement in the definition of "partition" Proposal for omission of Section 213 from the Indian Succession Act. 1956 in case a female dies 2008 intestate leaving herself acquired property with no heirs.the Contempt of Court Act. Proposal for enactment of new Coroners Act applicable to the whole of India 2008 2008 207 Proposal to amend Section 15 of the Hindu Succession Act.

UOI 2008 2008 2008 2008 L . Laws of Civil Marriages in India – A Proposal to Resolve Certain Conflicts Fast Track Magisterial Courts for Dishonoured Cheque Cases Proposal for reconsideration of Judges cases I. Need for Ameliorating the lot of the Have-nots Supreme Court’s Judgments. Laws on Registration of Marriage and Divorce –A Proposal for Consolidation and Reform. Need for Justice–dispensation through ADR etc. 2008 216 217 2009 218 2009 219 220 221 222 223 Need for Family Law Legislations for Non-resident 2009 Indians. . Need to accede to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980).SP GUPTA Vs. Need for Speedy Justice – Some Suggestions. Chandra Kumar be revisited by Larger bench of 2008 Supreme Court of India Non-Feasibility of Introduction of Hindi as Compulsory Language in the Supreme Court of India Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage . II and III . Need to fix Maximum Chargeable Court-fees in Subordinate Civil Courts.210 211 212 213 214 215 Humanization and Decriminalization of Attempt to 2008 Suicide. 2009 2009 2009 2009 224 Amendment of Section 2 of the Divorce Act 1869 Enabling Non-domiciled Estranged Christian Wives 2009 to seek Divorce.Another Ground for Divorce.

Kolkata and Mumbai Reforms in the Judiciary – Some suggestions 2009 229 230 231 Amendments in Indian Stamp Act 1899 And CourtFees Act 1870 Permitting Different Modes of 2009 Payment Retirement Age of Chairpersons and Members of Tribunals – Need for Uniformity Amendment of Code of Criminal Procedure Enabling Restoration of Complaints Legal Reforms to Combat Road Accidents 2009 2009 2009 232 233 234 CONTACT US Dr. 2nd Floor.225 Amendment of Sections 7. Bhagwandas Road. Chennai/ Hyderabad. Agrawal. Preventing Bigamy via Conversion to Islam . Brahm A. and 7B of Industrial Disputes Act 1947 Making Advocates Eligible to 2009 man Labour Courts and Industrial Tribunals. to Supreme Court). Member Secretary LAW COMMISSION OF INDIA. New Delhi . 7A.A Proposal for giving Statutory Effect to Supreme Court Rulings 2009 226 227 2009 228 Need For Legislation to Regulate Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinics as Well as Rights 2009 and Obligations of Parties to a Surrogacy Need for division of the Supreme Court into a Constitution Bench at Delhi and Cassation Benches 2009 in four regions at Delhi.110 . The Indian Law Institute Building (Opp. 2009 The Inclusion of Acid Attacks as Specific Offences in the Indian Penal Code and a Law for Compensation for Victims of Crime.

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