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22nd Law Commission

9th November, 2022 Polity and Governance

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  • The Union Government has constituted the 22nd Law Commission of India with Justice Rituraj Awasthi at its head.
    • Justice Awasthi recently retired from the post of Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court.
    • He headed the Bench that upheld the state government’s restriction on women and girls wearing the hijab in educational institutions.

Law Commission of India

  • The Law Commission of India is a non-statutory body that is constituted by a notification of the Union Government, with definite terms of reference to carry out research in the field of law.
    • The Commission would have tenure of 3 years from the date of publication of the Official Gazette.
  • The Commission makes recommendations to the Government as per its terms of reference.
  • Terms of reference for the 22nd Law Commission;
    • Identify laws which are no longer needed or relevant and can be immediately repealed.
    • Examine the existing laws in the light of Directive Principles of State Policy and suggest ways of improvement and reform.
    • Suggest such legislation as might be necessary to implement the Directive Principles.
    • Suggest some measures to attain the objectives set out in the Preamble of the Constitution.
    • Revise the Central Acts of general importance to simplify them and remove anomalies, ambiguities and inequities.
  • The Law Commission was first constituted in 1955 and has so far submitted 277 reports.