Law Commission suggests to fix the Tenure for CJI



The Law Commission chairperson A,P Shah recommends three changes in his note to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The Law Commission recommends that the Chief Justice of India should get a fixed tenure of two years in case their tenure as CJI is less than two years. This step should be implemented from August 26, 2022 after the junior-most judge currently serving in the Supreme Court, and who is slated to be CJI, retires.

 The setting up of a Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) as a permanent, Constitutional body to replace the Collegium system.

 Further, recommended that the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) should consist of at least four judges, including the CJI as chairperson. The JAC, apart from the four sitting Supreme Court judges, should also include the law minister, with an eminent jurist and an eminent member of civil society picked by the CJI, the prime minister and the leader of the Lok Sabha opposition.

He also suggested a three-year “cooling off” period for retired judges before they take up positions offered by the government.


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