21st Law Commission constituted:Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan appointed as Chairman

Date: March 11, 2016

Justice A P Shah non-statutory and non-constitutional body

Former Supreme Court judge Balbir Singh Chauhan was on Thursday appointed Chairman of the 21st Law Commission, a post lying vacant since last September.Currently he is Chairman of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal. He was judge of the SC from May 2009 to July 2014. He also had served as Chief Justice of Orissa high court from July 2008 to May 2009.


The Law Commission of India (LCI) is a non-statutory and non-constitutional body constituted by the Union Government from time to time. The first commission was constituted in 1955 and since then various commissions were re-constituted every three years. It is usually headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or former Chief Justice of a high court.

Composition of Law Commission: (i) Chairperson (full-time), (ii) Four Members (full-time). It will include a Member-Secretary. (iii) 3 Secretaries: Department of Legal Affairs, Legislative Department and Legislative Department as ex offcio Members. (iv) Up to 5 part-time Members.

The 20th LCI was headed by Justice A P Shah.