Call for debate on law reforms

Special Correspondent

KOCHI: While highlighting the need for reform of laws in sync with the changing times and stressing the need for a democratic social process in formulating new laws, a seminar on the recommendations of the Law Reforms Commission held here recently called for an extensive debate before the proposals are placed before the Assembly.

Speakers at the seminar, organised by Collective Intelligence, welcomed the commission’s efforts at taking away the law-formulating process from the hands of bureaucrats and entrusting it to a panel of legal experts. K. Ramkumar, senior lawyer at the High Court, pointed out that almost all the recommendations were in some way dealt with social justice and were hence welcome. Sebastian Paul, MP, a member of the commission, said that the recommendations were mainly intended for discussion among the people and that they were unlikely to be made into law in the near future.

V.R. Krishna Iyer, who headed the commission, said in a message to the seminar that he was not dogmatic about the recommendations and that he welcomed “debates and second thoughts” over them.

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