Codification of Law

Codification of Law | Meaning | Advantages and Disadvantages of codification | Condition for codification | classidication of code and codification


The first question will arise that what is a codification of law, for that first we have to know about code. In dictionary meaning code is a systematic collection of statutes, body of law, so arranged as to avoid inconsistency and overlapping. In fact, codification is the systematic process and reduction of the whole body of law into a code in the form of enacted law. Thus, the law which previously was in the shape of customs, ancient texts, judicial decision and fragmentary statutes is collected at one place and presented in systematic arrangement which is known as code.Salmond defines codification as “the reduction of the whole corpus juis, so far as practicable to form enacted law.”


For codification, a certain background and a certain stage of social development are necessary.

Roscoe pound has laid down certain important condition.

Codification exist where the legal institution have completely mature or or where or where the country has no juristic past.

The uncertainty and archaic character of the existing law.

The development of the efficient organ of legislation.

The need for one uniform law in a political community, whose several subdivision had developed or received divergent local laws.

Classification of codes.

Codes may be of following kinds:-

Creative- Creative code is that code, which makes a law for the first time without any reference to any other law. It is lawmaking by legislation. For example – IPC

Consolidated- Code is that code, which consolidates the whole law- statutory, customary and precedent on a particular subject and declares it. This is done systematizing and simplifying the law.

Creative and consolidating- The code which makes law as well as consolidates the existing law on a particular subject fall under this class. For Example- Recent Hindu legislation.

Advantage of codification of Law.


By codification, law becomes certain and uncertain as it generally is in precedent and custom.

Simplicity-The codification of Law makes law simple and accessible to everybody. By codification of law on any particular point is made accessible and known to everyone, so that the citizen come in a position to know their rights and duties well.

Logical Agreement:- By codification law is logically arranged in a coherent form nad there occurs no chance of conflicts arising among the different provision of law.

Stability:- The codification makes the law simple and stable. Stability is very essential for law so that the people may have confidence in it and the legal transaction may be made easily.

Planned Development:- Codification bring uniformity, which in turn helps in the planned development of the country.

Unity: Codified Law have uniform and wider application. This helps in developing affinity and unity among the people, who are governed by the same laws.

Disadvantage of Codification


 The codification cause rigidity in the law. In the changing condition of the society it becomes necessary for the law to keep pace with time and charging condition, but once law is codified it becomes difficult to keep pace with such changes.

Codified laws can be changed only by amendments, but making of an amendment is no easy and it is also time consuming


Incompletence :- 

Since it is not possible to anticipate all the problem that might arise in future, the codes are generally incomplete. When any new problem arises it becomes difficult for the people and the courts to tackle it.

Hardship:- The code generally gives uniform laws, which are applicable to all within the territory of the country or as a part of it. Its application rarely varies on the grounds of the customs and habits of the individual. This in some cases, causes great hardship.

We also know that in many countries they follow codified laws and Uncodified laws. The country which follows codified laws are those constitutions is not written in clear language. The language will be a blur. Because of this, there is lot of ambiguity.

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