Even as the higher judicial appointment system is in a limbo, Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale, seniormost judge of the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court, was on Thursday given the responsibilities of officiating as the Chief Justice of that High Court.
The Law Ministry has raised the issue of constitutional validity of the draft Nyaya Panchayat Bill and it will be introduced in Parliament only after clearance from the ministry, Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday.
Government on Monday brought into force a controversial law to appoint members to the higher judiciary, two days before a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court hears a clutch of petitions challenging the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act.
Ministries should not hire private lawyers but use the services of government advocates, according to a directive issued by the Law Ministry which has taken "serious objection" to the practise of various departments engaging private counsels.
The Prime Minister's Office has sought Law Ministry's opinion on whether the Centre could circulate the laws on cow slaughter as enacted by some states, including Gujarat, as model bill among other states for their consideration for similar legislations there.
As government eyes major investments in infrastructure, Law Ministry has proposed to develop a panel of bodies to provide institutional arbitration and advise central departments and public enterprises on ways to include arbitration clause in their contracts.
The Prime Minister's Office has asked the Law Ministry to come up with a mechanism, including a "legal framework", for ensuring that ministries do not delay on the framing of rules after an Act has has come into force.
Sixteen states have ratified a constitutional amendment bill which seeks to scrap the collegium system of judges appointing judges, bringing the government a step closer to put in place a new mechanism of appointments in the higher judiciary.
Identifying obsolete Acts, the Law Commission on Monday recommended repeal of 73 more statutes, including the one which prescribed punishment for those who dissuaded people from taking part in wars in which the British Empire was engaged, taking the number of such laws to 258.
Seeking to help litigants get easy access to court documents by cutting down lengthy procedures, the government proposes to instal ATM-style touchscreen kiosks in court complexes from where case status and daily orders can be procured in the coming days.