First Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. M. C. Setalvad 1955-1958)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
1 Liability of the State in Torts. 1956
2 Parliamentary Legislation relating to Sales Tax. 1956
3 Limitation Act, 1908 1956
4 On the proposal that High Courts should sit in Benches at different places in a State. 1956
5 British Statutes applicable to India. 1957
6 Registration Act, 1908 1957
7 Partnership Act, 1932 1957
8 Sale of Goods Act, 1930 1958
9 Specific Relief Act, 1877 1958
10 Law of cquisition and Requisitioning of Land. 1958
11 Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 1958
12 Income Tax Act, 1922 1958
13 Contract Act, 1872 1958
14-1 Reform of Judicial dministration - -Vol(1) 1958
14-2 Reform of Judicial dministration - -Vol(2) 1958
Second Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice T. L. Venkatrama Aiyar 1958-1961)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
15 Law relating to Marriage and Divorce amongst Christians in India. 1960
16 Official Trustees Act, 1913. 1960
17 Report on Trusts Act, 1882. 1961
18 Converts' Marriage Dissolution Act, 1866. 1961
19 The dministrator-General's Act, 1913. 1961
20 The Law of Hire-Purchase 1961
21 Marine Insurance 1961
22 Christian Marriage and Matrimonial Causes Bill,1961 1961
Third Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice J. L. Kapur 1961-1964)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
23 Law of Foreign Marriages. 1962
24 The Commission of Inquiry Act, 1962 1960
25 Evidence of Officers about forged stamps, currency notes, etc. Section 509- Cr.P.C. as proposed. 1963
26 Insolvency Laws 1964
27 The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908. 1964
28 The Indian Oaths Act, 1873. 1964
Fourth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice J. L. Kapur 1964-1968)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
29 Proposal to include certain Social and Economic Offences in the Indian Penal Code 1966
30 Section 5 of the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956, taxation by the States of Sales in the course of import. 1967
31 Section 30(2) of the Indian Registration Act, 1908-Extension to Delhi. 1967
32 Section 9 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898-ppointment of Sessions Judges, dditional Session Judges and ssistant Sessions Judges. 1967
33 Section 44, Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898. 1967
34 Indian Registration Act, 1908. 1967
35-1 Capital Punishment - Vol(1), Vol(3) 1967
35-2 Capital Punishment - Vol(2) 1967
36 Sections 497, 498 and 499 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898-Grant of bail with condition. 1967
37 The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Sections 1 to 176). 1967
38 Indian Post Office Act, 1898. 1968
Fifth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. K. V. K. Sundaram 1968-1971)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
39 Punishment of imprisonment for life under the Indian Penal Code. 1968
40 Law relating to attendance of Prisoners in Courts. 1969
41 The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898. 1969
42 Indian Penal Code. 1971
43 Offences against the National Security. 1971
44 The ppellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in Civil Matters. 1971
Sixth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice Dr. P. B. Gajendragadkar 1971-1974)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
45 Civil ppeals to the Supreme Court on a Certificate of Fitness. 1971
46 The Constitution (Twenty-fifth mendment) Bill,1971. 1971
47 The Trial and Punishment of Social and Economic Offences. 1972
48 Some questions under the Code of Criminal Procedure Bill, 1970. 1972
49 The Proposal for inclusion of agricultural income in the total income for the purpose of determining the rate of tax under the Income-tax Act, 1961. 1972
50 The Proposal to include persons connected with Public examination within the definition of 1972
51 Compensation for injuries caused by automobiles in hit-and-run cases. 1972
52 Estate Duty on Property acquired after death. 1972
53 Effect of the Pensions Act, 1871 on the right to sue for pensions of retired members of the public services. 1972
54 The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908. 1973
55 Rate of interest after decree and interest on costs under sections 34 and 35, of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908. 1973
56 Statutory Provisions as to Notice of suit other than section 80, Civil Procedure Code. 1973
57 Benami Transactions. 1973
58 Structure and Jurisdiction of the Higher Judiciary. 1974
59 Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and Special Marriage Act, 1954. 1974
60 The General Clauses Act, 1897. 1974
61 Certain problems connected with power of the States to levy a tax on the sale of goods and with the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956. 1974
Seventh Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice Dr. P. B. Gajendragadkar 1974-1977)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
62 Workmen's Compensation Act, 1923. 1974
63 The Interest Act, 1839. 1975
64 The Suppression of Immoral Traffic in Women and Girls Act, 1956. 1975
65 Recognition of Foreign Divorces 1976
66 Married Women's Property Act, 1874. 1976
67 The Indian Stamp Act, 1899. 1977
68 The Powers of ttorney Act, 1882. 1977
69 The Indian Evidence Act, 1872. 1977
70 The Transfer of Property Act, 1882. 1977
Eighth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice H. R. Khanna, 1977-1979)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
71 The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955- Irretrievable breakdown of marriage as a ground of divorce. 1978
72 Restriction on practice after being a permanent Judge, rticle 220 of the Constitution. 1978
73 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. 1978
74 Proposal to amend the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 so as to render dmissible certain statements made By witnesses before Commission of Inquiry and other statutory authorities. 1978
75 Disciplinary Jurisdiction under the dvocates Act, 1961. 1978
76 Arbitration Act, 1940. 1978
77 Delay and arrears in trial courts. 1979
78 Congestion of under trial prisoners in jails. 1979
79 Delay and rrears in High Courts and other ppellate Courts. 1979
80 Method of ppointment of Judges. 1979
Nineth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice P. V. Dixit 1979-1980)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
81 Hindu Widows Re-marriage Act, 1856. 1979
82 Effect of nomination under section 39, Insurance Act, 1938. 1980
83 The Guardians and Wards Act, 1890 and certain provisions of the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956. 1980
84 Rape and allied offences-some questions of substantive law, procedure and evidence. 1980
85 Claims for compensation under Chapter 8 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1939. 1980
86 The Partition Act, 1893. 1980
87 Identification of Prisoners Act, 1920. 1980
Tenth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice K. K. Mathew 1981-1985)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
88 Governmental Privilege in Evidence: Sections 123-124 and 162, Indian Evidence Act, 1872 and rticles 74 and 163 of the Constitution. 1983
89 The Limitation Act, 1963. 1983
90 The Grounds of Divorce amongst Christians in India: section 10, of the Indian Divorce Act, 1869. 1983
91 Dowry deaths and law reform: mending the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872. 1983
92 Damages in applications for Judicial Review Recommendations for legislation. 1983
93 Disclosure of sources of information by mass media. 1983
94 Evidence obtained illegally or improperly: proposed section 166, Indian Evidence Act, 1872. 1983
95 Constitutional Division within the Supreme Court- proposal for. 1984
96 Repeal of certain obsolete Central cts. 1984
97 Section 28, Indian Contract Act, 1872: prescriptive clauses in contracts. 1984
98 Sections 24 to 26, Hindu Marriage Act, 1955: Orders for interim maintenance and orders for the maintenance of children in matrimonial proceedings. 1984
99 Oral and written arguments in the Higher courts. 1984
100 Litigation by and against the Government: some recommendations for reform. 1984
101 Freedom of Speech and Expression under rticle 19 of the Constitution: recommendation to extend it to Indian Corporations. 1984
102 Section 122(1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973: imprisonment for breach of bond for keeping the peace with sureties. 1984
103 Unfair Terms in Contract. 1984
104 The Judicial Officers' Protection Act, 1850. 1984
105 Quality Control and Inspection of consumer goods. 1984
106 Section 103, Motor Vehicles Act, 1939: effect of Transfer of a Motor Vehicle on Insurance. 1984
107 Law of Citizenship. 1984
108 Promissory Estoppel. 1984
109 Obscene and Indecent advertisements and Displays: sections 292-293, Indian Penal Code. 1985
110 The Indian Succession Act, 1925. 1985
111 The Fatal ccidents Act, 1855. 1985
112 Section 45 of the Insurance Act, 1938. 1985
113 Injuries in Police Custody- Suggested section 114B, Evidence ct. 1985
Eleventh Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice D. A. Desai 1985-1988)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
114 Gram Nyayalaya. 1986
115 Tax Courts. 1986
116 Formation of an ll India Judicial Service. 1986
117 Training of Judicial Officers. 1986
118 Method of appointment to subordinate courts/ subordinate judiciary. 1986
119 ccess to Exclusive Forum for Victims of Motor ccidents under Motor Vehicles Act, 1939. 1987
120 Manpower Planning in Judiciary: Blueprint 1987
121 New Forum for Judicial ppointments. 1987
122 Forum for National Uniformity in Labour djudication. 1987
123 Decentralisation of dministration of Justice:Disputes Involving Centres of Higher Education. 1988
124 The High Court rrears- Fresh Look. 1988
125 The Supreme Court- Fresh Look. 1988
126 Government and Public Sector Undertaking Litigation Policy and Strategies. 1988
127 Resource llocation for Infra-structural Services in Judicial dministration ( continuum of the Report on Manpower Planning in Judiciary: Blueprint). 1988
128 Cost of Litigation. 1988
129 Urban Litigation - Mediation as alternative to djudication. 1988
130 Benami Transactions: Continuum. 1988
131 Role of legal profession in dministration of Justice. 1988
Twelfth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice M. P. Thakkar 1988-1991)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
132 Need for mendment of the Provisions of the Chapter IX of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 in order to ameliorate the hardship and mitigate the distress of Neglected Women, Children and Parents. 1989
133 Removal of Discrimination against Women in matters relating to Guardianship and Custody of Minor Children and Elaboration of the Welfare Principle. 1989
134 Removing Deficiencies in certain Provisions of the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1923. 1989
135 Women in Custody. 1989
136 Conflicts in High Court Decisions on Central Laws- How to foreclose and how to resolve. 1990
137 Need for creating office of Ombudsman and for evolving legislative administrative measures inter-alia to relieve hardships caused by inordinate delays in settling Provident Fund claims of beneficiaries. 1990
138 Legislative Protection for Slum and Pavement Dwellers. 1990
139 Urgent need to amend Order XXI, Rule 92(2), Code of Civil Procedure to remove an anomaly which nullifies the benevolent intention of the legislature and occasions injustice to judgement-debtors sought to be benefited. 1991
140 Need to amend Order V, Rule 19 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, relating to service of summons by registered post with a view to foreclose likely injustice. 1991
141 Need for amending the law as regards power of courts to restore criminal revisional applications and criminal cases dismissed for default in appearance. 1991
142 Concessional treatment for offenders who on their own initiative choose to plead guilty without any bargaining. 1991
143 Legislative safeguards for protecting the small depositors from exploitation. 1991
Thirteenth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice K. N. Singh 1991-1994)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
144 Conflicting Judicial decisions pertaining to the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908. 1992
145 rticle 12 of the Constitution and Public Sector Undertakings. 1992
146 Sale of Women and Children: Proposed Section 373-, Indian Penal Code. 1993
147 The Specific Relief Act, 1963. 1993
148 Repeal of Certain pre-1947 Central cts. 1993
149 Removal of certain deficiencies in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (Act No. 59 of 1988). 1994
150 Suggesting some mendments to the Code of Civil Procedure (Act No. V of 1908). 1994
151 dmiralty Jurisdiction. 1994
152 Custodial Crimes. 1994
153 Inter-Country doption. 1994
Fourteenth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice K. J. Reddy 1995-1997)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
154-1 The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 BR(Act No. 2 of 1974) -Vol-I 1996
154-2 The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 BR(Act No. 2 of 1974) -Vol-II 1996
155 The Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985(Act No. 61 of 1985). 1997
156-1 The Indian Penal Code -Vol-I 1997
156-2 The Indian Penal Code -Vol-II 1997
Fifteenth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice B. P. Jeevan Reddy 1997-2000)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
157 Section 52:Transfer of Property Act, 1882 and its mendment. 1998
158 The mendment of the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951 1998
159 Repeal and mendment of Laws: Part I 1998
160 mendment to the ll India Council for Technical Education Act, 1987 (Act No. 52 of 1987) 1998
161 Central Vigilance Commission and llied Bodies. 1998
162 Review of functioning of Central dministrative Tribunal, Customs, Excise and Gold (Control) ppellate Tribunal and Income-Tax ppellate Tribunal 1998
163 The Code of Civil Procedure (mendment) Bill, 1997 1998
164 The Indian Divorce Act, 1869 (Act IV of 1869) 1998
165 Free and Compulsory Education for Children 1998
166 The Corrupt Public Servants (forfeiture of property) Bill. 1999
167 The Patents (Amendment) Bill, 1998. 1999
168 The Hire-Purchase Act, 1972 1999
169 Amendment of Army, Navy and Air Force Act. 1999
170 Reform of the Electoral Laws 1999
171 The Biodiversity Bill, 2000 2000
172 Review of Rape Laws 2000
173 Prevention of Terrorism Bill, 2000 2000
174 Property Rights of Women: Proposed Reforms Under the Hindu Law 2000
Sixteenth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice B. P. Jeevan Reddy 2000-2001);(Chairman Mr. Justice M. Jagannadha Rao 2002-2003)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
175 The Foreigners (Amendment) Bill, 2000 2000
176 The Arbitration and conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2002 2001
177-1 Law Relating to Arrest -BPart-I/B/ 2001
177-2 Law Relating to Arrest -BPart-II/B 2001
178-1 Recommendations for amending various enactments, both civil and criminal -Part-I 2001
178-2 Recommendations for amending various enactments, both civil and criminal -Part-II 2001
179-1 Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers - Part-I 2001
179-2 Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers - Part-II 2001
180 Article 20 (3) of the Constitution of India and Right to Silence 2002
181 Amendment to Section 106 of the Transfer of Property Act, 1882 2002
182 Amendment of Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894. 2002
183 A Continuum on the General Clauses Act, 1897 with special reference to the admissibility and codification of external aids to interpretation of statutes. 2002
184-1 Legal Education & Professional Training and Proposals for Aamendments to the dvocates Act, 1961 and the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. -Part-I 2002
184-2 Legal Education & Professional Training and Proposals for Aamendments to the dvocates Act, 1961 and the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. -Part-II 2002
185 Proposal to Constitute Environment Courts 2003
Seventeenth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice M. Jagannadha Rao 2003-2006)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
186 Mode of Execution of Death Sentence and Incidental Matters 2003
187 The Proposals for Constitution of Hi-Tech Fast - Track Commercial Divisions in High Courts. 2003
188 Revision of Court Fees Structure. 2004
189 The Revision of the Insurance Act, 1938 and the Insurance Regulatory and Development uthority Act, 1999 2004
190 Regulation of Funds collected for Calamity Relief. 2004
191 Prevention of vexatious Litigation. 2005
192 Transnational Litigation, Conflict of Laws, Law of Limitation. 2005
193 Verification of Stamp Duties and Registration of Arbitral wards. 2005
194 The Judges (Inquiry) Bill, 2005 2006
195 Medical Treatment to Terminally Ill Patients (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) 2006
196 Public Prosecutor's Appointments. 2006
197 Witness Identity Protection and Witness Protection Programmes 2006
198 Unfair (Procedural and Substancive) Terms in Contracts 2006
199 Trial by Media: Free Speech Vs. Fair Trial Under Criminal Procedure (Amendments to the Contempt of Court Act, 1971) 2006
200 Medical Treatment after Accidents and During Emergency Medical Condition and Women in Labour 2006
201 Proposal to Amend Section 304-B of the Indian Penal Code 2007
Eighteenth Law Commission
(Chairman Dr. Justice AR. Lakshmanan 2007-2009)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
202 Section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 as Amended by the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, 2005 (Anticipatory Bail) 2007
203 Proposal to Amend the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 as amended by Act 39 of 2005. 2008
204 Proposal to Amend the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 and other allied Laws. 2008
205 Proposal for enactment of new Coroners Act applicable to the whole of India 2008
206 Proposal to amend Section 15 of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 in case a female dies intestate leaving herself acquired property with no heirs. 2008
207 Proposal for amendment of Explanation to Section 6 of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 to include oral partition and family arrangement in the definition of 2008
208 Proposal for omission of Section 213 from the Indian Succession Act, 1925 2008
209 Humanization and Decriminalization of Attempt to Suicide. 2008
210 Laws on Registration of Marriage and Divorce - Proposal for Consolidation and Reform. 2008
211 Laws of Civil Marriages in India - Proposal to Resolve Certain Conflicts 2008
212 Fast Track Magisterial Courts for Dishonoured Cheque Cases 2008
213 Proposal for reconsideration of Judges cases I, II and III - SP GUPT Vs. UOI 2008
214 L . Chandra Kumar be revisited by Larger bench of Supreme Court of India 2008
215 Non-Feasibility of Introduction of Hindi as Compulsory Language in the Supreme Court of India 2008
216 Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage - Another Ground for Divorce. 2009
217 Need to accede to the Hague Convention on the Civil spects of International Child Abduction (1980). 2009
218 Need for Family Law Legislations for Non-resident Indians. 2009
219 Need to fix Maximum Chargeable Court-fees in Subordinate Civil Courts. 2009
220 Need for Speedy Justice - Some Suggestions. 2009
221 Need for Justice-dispensation through ADR etc. 2009
222 Need for meliorating the lot of the Have-nots - Supreme Court's Judgments. 2009
223 Amendment of Section 2 of the Divorce Act 1869 Enabling Non-domiciled Estranged Christian Wives to seek Divorce. 2009
224 Amendment of Sections 7, 7A, and 7B of Industrial Disputes Act 1947 Making dvocates Eligible to man Labour Courts and Industrial Tribunals. 2009 2009
225 The Inclusion of cid attacks as Specific Offences in the Indian Penal Code and a Law for Compensation for Victims of Crime. 2009
226 Preventing Bigamy via Conversion to Islam - Proposal for giving Statutory Effect to Supreme Court Rulings 2009
227 Need For Legislation to Regulate ssisted Reproductive Technology Clinics as Well as Rights and Obligations of Parties to a Surrogacy 2009
228 Need for division of the Supreme Court into a Constitution Bench at Delhi and Cassation Benches in four regions at Delhi, Chennai/ Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai 2009
229 Reforms in the Judiciary - Some suggestions 2009
230 Amendments in Indian Stamp Act 1899 And Court-Fees Act 1870 Permitting Different Modes of Payment 2009
231 Retirement Age of Chairpersons and Members of Tribunals - Need for Uniformity 2009
232 Amendment of Code of Criminal Procedure Enabling Restoration of Complaints 2009
233 Legal Reforms to Combat Road Accidents 2009
234 Conversion/reconversion to another religion - mode of proof 2010
Nineteenth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice P. V. Reddi, 2009-2012)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
235 Court-fees in Supreme Court vis-a-vis Corporate Litigation 2010
236 Compounding of (IPC) offences 2011
237 Amendment of Section 89 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 and Allied provisions 2011
238 Expeditious Investigation and Trial of Criminal Cases against 2012 Influential Public Personalities 2012
239 Costs in Civil Litigation 2012
240 Passive Euthanasia - A Relook 2012
241 Prevention of Interference with the freedom of Matrimonial Alliances 2012 (in the name of Honour and Tradition ) : A suggested legal framework 2012
242 Section 498 A, IPC 2012
243 Electoral Disqualifications 2014
Twentieth Law Commission
(Chairman Mr. Justice D. K. Jain, 25.01.2013 - 05.10.2013,Chairman Mr. Justice A. P. Shah, w. e. f. 21.11.2013)
Report No Subject Year   Action      
244 Arrears and Backlog: Creating Additional Judicial (wo)manpower 2014
245 Amendments to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 2014
246 Amendments to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (Supplimentary) 2015
247 Sections 41 to 48 of the Indian Succession Act,1925 – Proposed Reforms 2014
248 Obsolete Laws: Warranting Immediate Repeal (Interim Report) 2014
249 Obsolete Laws: Warranting Immediate Repeal (Second Interim Report) 2014
250 Obsolete Laws: Warranting Immediate Repeal (Third Interim Report) 2014
251 Obsolete Laws: Warranting Immediate Repeal (Fourth Interim Report) 2014
252 Right of the Hindu Wife to Maintenance:A relook at Section 18 of the Hindu doptions and Maintenance Act, 1956 2015
253 Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts and Commercial Courts Bill, 2015 2015
254 The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 2015
255 Electoral Reforms 2015
256 Eliminating Discrimination Against Persons Affected by Leprosy 2015
257 Reforms in Guardianship and Custody Laws in India 2015
258 Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations – Study and Proposed mendments 2015
259 Early Childhood Development and Legal Entitlement 2015
260 Analysis of the 2015 Draft Model Indian Bilateral Investment Treaty 2015
261 Need to Regulate Pet Shops and Dog and quarium Fish Breeding 2015
262 The Death Penalty 2015
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