Judges cannot be shielded from citizens’ questions

News: CJI has raised his concerns over attacks on judges owing to the judgements they delivered. Although the consumer of justice has every right to critically examine every word of the judge spoken or written, none has the right to make personal attacks on judges. Instances of attack on the judges ADM Jabalpur case, 1976: The… Continue reading Judges cannot be shielded from citizens’ questions

Only 2 states, two HCs are for all-India judicial service: Union Law Ministry

What is the News? The Union Minister for Law and Justice has informed Parliament about the proposal on setting up of All India Judicial Services.  What is All India Judicial Services(AIJS)?  AIJS is a national-level recruitment process for district judges on the lines of the Union Public Services Commission proposed by the Central government to… Continue reading Only 2 states, two HCs are for all-India judicial service: Union Law Ministry

CJI’s remarks on a different accountability yardstick for judges is worrying

News: Chief Justice of India in his speech from Constitution Day (26th November), talked about the role of judiciary and executive in providing justice to people. What is the CJI’s viewpoint? Read here: Judicial Intervention to nudge exec, not usurp its role: CJI What were the changes done by the Supreme Court? According to the author, SC… Continue reading CJI’s remarks on a different accountability yardstick for judges is worrying

SC pushes for council on judicial infrastructure

What is the News? The Chief Justice of India has proposed the establishment of the National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation to uniformly improve judicial facilities and access to justice. What is the status of the Judicial Infrastructure in India? An all-India survey was conducted by the Chief Justice of India’s office to know the status of… Continue reading SC pushes for council on judicial infrastructure

The case for a new constitution order

News: There is deep unrest amongst various sections of our society about how our constitution is functioning. This was evident when farmers refused to accept laws framed by the legislature and declined to listen to Supreme Court when they were asked to present their case. What do constitutional amendments suggest? The USA has made only… Continue reading The case for a new constitution order

A routine matter or a punishment post?

News: Recently, the Supreme Court collegium recommended the transfer of the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court to the Meghalaya High Court. It also recommended the transfer of the senior-most judge of the Allahabad High Court to the Madras High Court. These transfers raise certain questions. What does the constitution say about the transfer… Continue reading A routine matter or a punishment post?

Over 2 lakh RTI pleas pending

What is the News? Satark Nagrik Sangathan(SNS) has released a Report Card on the Performance of Information Commissions in India, 2021. What are the key findings of the report? Vacancies in Information Commissions: Under the RTI Act, information commissions consist of a chief information commissioner and up to 10 information commissioners, appointed by the President of… Continue reading Over 2 lakh RTI pleas pending

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh launches a Special Campaign on disposal of pendency in Government of India during the period 2nd October to 31st October, 2021

What is the news? The government has launched a dedicated Portal and a Special Campaign for disposal of pending grievances in the Government of India during the period 2nd October to 31st October 2021. The campaign will focus on citizen-centric governance to bring “Ease of Living” for the common man. About the campaign The Special Campaign… Continue reading Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh launches a Special Campaign on disposal of pendency in Government of India during the period 2nd October to 31st October, 2021

How to grease the wheels of justice

Synopsis: The problem of pendency of cases in courts across the country can be tackled with a few measures. Introduction Recently, in an event, the Chief Justice of India raised his concern over the pendency of cases. He made a plea to “Indianise” courts to make courts more responsive towards the needs of people. He… Continue reading How to grease the wheels of justice

Women’s turn: is reservation the only way to a fair deal in India? Economic growth delivers justice too

Synopsis: Instead of providing reservations to women, it is better to introduce policies that make them economically independent.  Introduction Recently, 3 women judges have been appointed as the judges of the Supreme Court, which now accounts for a total of 12% judges in the Supreme Court. With the counts still very low, even after 75 years… Continue reading Women’s turn: is reservation the only way to a fair deal in India? Economic growth delivers justice too

CJI voices support for 50% representation for women in judiciary

What is the News? Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana has backed 50% representation for women in the judiciary. Women and Judiciary Women constitute only about 30% of the subordinate judiciary. In High Courts, women judges constitute 11.5%. In the Supreme Court, we currently have four women Justices out of the sitting 33. That makes… Continue reading CJI voices support for 50% representation for women in judiciary

SC introduces FASTER system to send records

What is the News? The Supreme Court has approved the use of an electronic system named FASTER (Fast and Secured Transmission of Electronic Records) for the transmission of e-authenticated copies of orders. What is a FASTER System? FASTER is a system by which crucial decisions including orders on bail and stay of arrest can be… Continue reading SC introduces FASTER system to send records

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

The Collegium System – Explained Pointwise

Introduction The Collegium System was introduced in response to the executive interference in judicial appointments. However, this system has failed to protect judicial appointments from executive interference. It is due to the reasons like Post-retirement appointments of judges. At present, the collegium comprises of CJI (Chief Justice of India) and 4 senior-most judges of the… Continue reading The Collegium System – Explained Pointwise