State Law Commission, Assam
The Governor of Assam has constituted the Law Commission, Assam vide Govt. Notification No.JJ.127/57/27 dated 26th November, 1959 with a view to consider the question of amendment, revision of state Acts on subjects relating to the State list of Seventh Schedule of the Constitution and the Central Acts which related exclusively to the State of Assam and various rules made thereunder and in the light of Judicial pronouncements of these laws and rules and to bring them in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution of India and to make suggestion and recommendations etc. in that respect.
It has been reconstituted a number of times. It was last reconstituted in the year 2009, vide Govt. Notification No.LGL.97/98/107, dated Dispur the 12th, August, 2002.
The Assam State Law Commission has been functioning under the administrative control of Legislative Department. The Commission consists of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Seven members with a part time Member-Secretary. Advocate General and the Additional Advocate General of the State of Assam is the Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively. All the member and Member-Secretary of the Commission are persons having legal background, nominated by the Government. The Commission has a skeletion staff with one Law Asstt. to Member Secretary, One Stenographer, one Upper Division Asstt., one Typist and three numbers of Grade-IV staff. The supporting staff of the Law Commission are under direct supervision and control of the Legislative Department and accountable to the part time Member-Secretary. All the decision relating to the establishment matter of the Commission have been taken in the Legislative Department on the same being referred by the Member-Secretary. The Member Secretary in discharge of his function is accountable to the Government of Assam, Legislative Department, Govt. of Assam.
The function and duties of State Law Commission is to scrutinise and examine the working of the existing State Acts and to suggest suitable modification / amendment etc if required to suit the said Legislation in the prevailing circumstances and to suggest enactments of any new law in any matter on which they feel it expedient and necessary for the interest of the state. On receipt of such suggestion from Law Commission by the Legislative Department, the Legislative Department shall forward the draft proposal / suggestion to the concerned Administrative department under whose authority the subject matter relates, to process the proposal and to take administrative decision on the said proposal of legislation.