The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014 that was referred by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
The Bill facilitates establishment of a Commission to appoint judges to higher judiciary.
The 99th Constitution Amendment Bill seeks to set up the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) through another bill, replacing the old collegium system of appointing judges in the Supreme Court and High Courts.
When the bill becomes law, the government will have a say in the appointment of Supreme Court and high court judges.
The commission will make it easy to appoint 266 judges in 24 high courts expeditiously. The Supreme Court, which has a sanctioned strength of 31 and the appointment of new judges is expected to speed up the backlog of legal cases in courts.
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the the Constitutional amendment bill and the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014 scrapping the two-decades-old collegium system of appointing Supreme Court and high court judges.