Our Courts are Infra Vires

Synopsis: To ensure that justice is never delayed, there is a need to urgently upgrade the judicial infrastructure to meet the load of the cases. Introduction This article highlights the state of judicial infrastructure in our country. In this regard, the statement of the Chief Justice of India that he will be championing the creation… Continue reading Our Courts are Infra Vires

Ideas of propriety must not be used by courts to control and silence lawyers

Synopsis: The relationship between the bar and bench has gone from one of mutual respect and equality to the one between ruler and ruled. Introduction Propriety or conformity to established norms can be very dangerous. In the past, it led to evils like child marriage, slavery and the holocaust. Now this propriety has reached the Judiciary,… Continue reading Ideas of propriety must not be used by courts to control and silence lawyers

The judicial role in improving law making:  The key to revitalising India’s reservation system

Synopsis: Rushed laws sacrifice core ideals of constitutional democracy, the judiciary can play a crucial role in course-correcting the Parliament. Introduction Deterioration in the quality of debate has prompted demands for reform of legislative procedures. Speaking on the matter, while CJI suggested that intellectuals enter politics, the Judiciary itself can play a positive role in… Continue reading The judicial role in improving law making:  The key to revitalising India’s reservation system

Explained: How the Supreme Court judges are appointed

What is the news? Recently, the appointment of 9 judges takes the Supreme Court (SC) strength to 33, of whom 4 are women. What are the age criteria for Judges? The age of retirement is 65 years for SC judges and 62 for HC judges, unlike in the United States, where Supreme Court judges serve… Continue reading Explained: How the Supreme Court judges are appointed

It is time to end judicial feudalism in India

Source: The Hindu and Indian Express Relevance – To understand the working of Collegium Synopsis: Recent breaking of deadlock between collegium and GoI is a welcome step. We should take it further to cut on judicial hierarchy. Introduction: Recently, the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India recommended nine names for appointment as… Continue reading It is time to end judicial feudalism in India

387 ‘Moplah martyrs’ to be removed from dictionary

Source: The Hindu What is the News? A three-member panel has recommended the removal of Malabar Rebellion leaders Variamkunnath Kunhamed Haji, Ali Musaliar and 387 other ‘Moplah martyrs’ from the Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle. Click Here to Read about Malabar Rebellion What is the issue? The Government of India had set up… Continue reading 387 ‘Moplah martyrs’ to be removed from dictionary

Collegium’s list of recommendations to Supreme Court breaks a deadlock — and leaves a trace

Source:  Indian Express Relevance: To understand the issue of deadlock in judicial appointments Synopsis: The main problem behind the judicial appointment process is its opaqueness. No reasons are given for the choice of those selected or left out. This was not always so. Introduction Recently, the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India NV… Continue reading Collegium’s list of recommendations to Supreme Court breaks a deadlock — and leaves a trace

Undermining Justice

Source: The Hindu, Indian Express and TOI Relevance: To understand the collegium system and Tribunals. Synopsis: Indian judiciary has come a long way from the decade of ’70s where politics began to influence the Judiciary. With the arrival of tribunals, further Judicial reforms were expected. However, Judiciary is facing numerous problems. Judicial appointments and collegium… Continue reading Undermining Justice