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Sources of Law - Legislation: India


This page aims to offer a guidance on where you can locate sources of legislation in India, using various categories of resources. Categories of sources include:

*only key materials of the Federal level will be mentioned in this page.


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Official Sources

The Legislative Department, Ministry of Law and Justice (click to visit)

Under the Ministry of Law and Justice, the Legislative Department is responsible for the drafting of principal legislation for the Government of India. Various types of documents are available via this site, including Acts of Parliaments, Central Ordinances and Legislations, institution’s annual reports and etc. Availability of selected materials can be dated back to 1800s.

The Gazette of India (click to visit)

Gazette of India is available for online access, with the earliest available date back to 1922. Access of materials can be done by browsing with date, or direct search with Gazette/ Content ID, reference type and/or keywords. State Gazettes are also available via this site, directing you to the corresponding page. Please note that documents are published in Hindi.


The United Nations Treaty Collection includes a large number of treaties of different countries. Here, you may find treaties of India via its depositary, with status of it and relevant historical information.


Legal Glossary (click to visit)

Language of reporting used is mainly in Hindi in India. The Legislative Department, Ministry of Law and Justice, offers a number of documents illustrating the glossary of legal words and expression, especially from English to Hindi and vice versa.

HKU Libraries' Resources

Manupatra (click to visit)

Manupatra is a useful legal database that offers the search of legal, statutory, regulatory and procedural materials of India. Law reports, legislations and statutory materials can be searched and found that offers insights on different aspects of law in India.

To understand how the database works, visit Manupatra’s Training Manual for more details.

To access the database, you are reminded to obtain login information via the path indicated in the FIND@HKUL record. HKUL Authentication is also required via login to your HKU Portal account. 


Westlaw Asia (click to visit)

Westlaw Asia offers the India Central Legislation, to be browsed by title or year, with subordinate and state legislations.  To look up for the materials, follow the steps below:

  • Access Path: Content Type > Legislation > India Legislation

Open Access Resources

Indianlegislation (click to visit)

Supported by Manupatra, this platform serves to commit to its social responsibility in making law available to the general public, with free access to Legislation in India. Here, you may find below contents, dating back to 2021:

  • Central Bare Acts (Statutes)
  • Bills and Ordinances as introduced in the parliament or pending with status thereof
  • Draft Bills
  • Lokpal Bills
  • Law Commission Reports
  • Standing Committee Reports
  • Amending and repealing Acts (statute)

Legal Information Institute of India (LIIofIndia) (click to visit)

With it aim in promoting free access of law, LIIofIndia serves as an all-in-one platform for you to access to legislations of the Central Government and of different States. With its connection to the LII movement, resources available via other LIIs (e.g. AsianLII, CommonLII and WorldLII) can also be easily directed and accessed.