125 obsolete laws repealed; 945 more facing axe

Over 120 obsolete laws have been repealed by the Narendra Modi government, while another 945 which have lost relevance are awaiting Parliamentary approval to lose their place in statute books.

Justice Bhosale asked to officiate as CJ of AP-Telangana HC

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.

Former Gujarat CS Achal Kumar Jyoti appointed Election Commissioner

Achal Kumar Jyoti, a former Gujarat Chief Secretary, was on Thursday appointed as the Election Commissioner.

Law Ministry raises constitutional validity of Nyaya Panchayat Bill

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.

Bombay High Court to be renamed Mumbai HC?
Bombay High Court to be renamed Mumbai HC?

Union Law Ministry is likely to initiate the proposal for changing the word 'Mumbai' with 'Bombay' in the name of the high court here.

Govt notifies new law on judges' appointment

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.

Don't hire private lawyers: Law Ministry to other ministries

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.

Law Ministry working on draft of whistleblowers amendment bill

The Law Ministry is working on a draft to amend the Whistleblowers Protection Act to safeguard disclosures affecting sovereignty and integrity of the country.

PMO seeks Law Ministry's opinion on cow slaughter 'model bill'

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.

Law Minister proposes body to help govt departments in arbitration cases

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.

PMO seeks 'legal framework' to check delay in framing of rules

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.

J&K High Court gets new Chief Justice

Justice Narayanan Nadar Paul Vasanthakumar has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

HS Brahma appointed new Chief Election Commissioner

Election Commissioner Hari Shankar Brahma was on Thursday elevated as the Chief Election Commissioner.

CEC Sampath to demit office today; Brahma likely to take over

Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath, Chief Election Commissioner, will on Thursday demit office, which is likely to be taken over by Election Commissioner HS Brahma.

16 states ratify Judicial Appointments Commission Bill

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.

Ways to strengthen criminal justice system under discussion: Gowda to Law Ministry's consultative committee

Law and Justice Minister Sadananda Gowda has told his ministry's consultative committee that consultations could be held with the Home Ministry to strengthen criminal justice system.

Bill in Parliament likely this week to repeal obsolete laws

Government is set to bring a new bill in Parliament this week to repeal another set of obsolete laws, including Railways Appropriation Acts, which have outlived their utility.

Law Commission recomends repeal of 73 more obsolete statutes

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.

Govt plans ATM-type kiosks for easy access to court documents

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.

Paid news should attract disqualification: CEC

Paid news should be made an electoral offence that attracts disqualification so that it acts as a deterrent, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Tuesday suggested and said inadequacies in legal framework were not allowing the poll panel to effectively check this and other malpractices.