Prez gives Nod to National Judicial Appointments Commission


New Delhi, Dec 31: President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday scrapped the collegium system of appointing judges while giving his nod to the creation of a National Judicial Appointments Commission.

The bill replaced the two-decade-old collegium system of appointing judges to the higher courts.

The President gave his approval after 16 states ratified the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, which was cleared in both the Houses of Parliament in August this year.

With the approval of the bill, the National Judicial Appointments Commission will appoint and transfer judges to the Supreme Courts and the 24 high courts.

The Commission will be headed by the Chief Justice of India. The Law and Justice Minister and two eminent personalities will be the other members of the commission. Two senior judges will represent the judiciary on the commission.

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