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.

Law Minister says no to proposal to give arrest power to NCW

The Law Ministry has red flagged a proposal to provide the National Commission of Women punitive powers to arrest and penalise people guilty of harassing women and ignoring summons.

Fresh bill in next session to repeal 287 archaic laws: Govt

Giving a fresh push to weed out archaic laws, Law Ministry will bring a new bill in Winter session of Parliament to repeal another 287 obsolete statutes even as it works overtime to ensure that 700 Appropriation Acts which have lost relevance are junked.

Ensure quick trial of cases against lawmakers: Centre to HCs

 With the Supreme Court setting a deadline for completing trial in cases involving lawmakers, the Law Ministry has written to high courts requesting them to ensure that cases against MPs and MLAs facing charges which attract disqualification are fast-tracked.

New Lokpal rules to be notified soon: Govt

Government will soon notify new rules for modifying mandate of Lokpal search committee, tasked with recommending names for appointment of chairperson and members of the anti-corruption body.

Proposal to give more power to NCW hits legal hurdle

A proposal of the Women and Child Development Ministry to give greater powers to the National Commission of Women has faced legal hurdles as the Law Ministry has raised queries on the move.

Cabinet defers decision on bill to scrap collegium system

A decision on a Law Ministry proposal to bring constitutional amendment bill to scrap the collegium system of appointment of judges was deferred by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday.

Juvenile Justice Act amendment draft approved by Law Ministry

The Law Ministry on Friday approved the Juvenile Justice Act amendment draft moving closer to bringing an amendment in the Juvenile Justice Act.

PM Modi calls for fast-tracking pending criminal cases against MPs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed the Union Home and Law Ministry to fast-track trial in criminal cases pending against parliamentarians, reports said on Thursday.

SGPC row: `Centre has right to direct state govt on legislations`

The Centre has a right to give directions to a state government on the issue of legislations, the Law Ministry has ruled against the backdrop of Haryana government questioning a central missive recently on the issue of SGPC.

MHA gives nod to draft Prevention of Sporting Fraud Bill

The Home Ministry has given its nod to a draft bill that envisages to check spot-fixing and illegal betting in sporting events, and mulls a maximum of five years` imprisonment for such crimes.

Govt waiting for President`s nod for Whistleblowers` Protection law

Government proposes to bring ordinance to keep issues of national security out of purview of Whistleblowers` Protection law and is awaiting President`s nod to bill in this regard passed by parliament.

Marines case: Law Ministry concurs with MEA

In Italian marines case, Law Ministry concurred with External Affairs Ministry on non-applicability of controversial anti-piracy law which is being strongly contested by Italian government.

Under what law are Italian marines to be tried? asks SC

The Supreme Court asked the central government to categorically spell out its stand about the law under which to try the two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.

MHA refers Kejriwal`s request to law ministry

Home Ministry referred to Law Ministry request by Arvind Kejriwal seeking withdrawal of 12-year-old order that makes it mandatory for Delhi government to send all Bills to the Centre.

Over 2 cr cases pending in lower courts; 3,272 posts lying empty

Over two crore cases are pending in subordinate courts in the country which also face a shortage of over 3,000 judicial personnel, a Parliamentary Committee has observed.