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Judiciary

13th November – Judgements should be simple

Judgements should be made easier to comprehend A lawyer has recently filed a PIL in Supreme Court (Subhash Vijayran versus Union of India). He wants the legislature and the executive to use plain English in drafting laws, Bar Council to introduce plain English in law curricula and Supreme Court to only allow concise and precise …

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Independence of Judiciary

25th April – Independence of Judiciary

Pre-retirement judgements and post-retirement jobs The Constitution has been conceived to provide a pride of place to the judiciary. Constitutional appointees to the Supreme Court have been guaranteed several rights in order to secure the independence of judiciary. Independence of judiciary – Chapter 4 of Part V of the Constitution deals with the Supreme Court, …

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19th December – Can AI comprehend justice?

The Chief Justice of India may have cleared the air on India’s courts using artificial intelligence (AI) in their decision-making process, but some concerns remain. What did the CJI say? In a measured gesture, CJI SA Bobde clarified a statement said that using technologies such as AI could help deliver justice swiftly. The CJI had …

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16th November – Explained – What bringing the Chief Justice of India’s office under RTI means

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) is a public authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Background – The judgment pertained to three cases based on requests for information filed by Delhi-based RTI activist Subhash Agarwal, all of which eventually reached the Supreme Court. …

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15th November – There is nothing ‘fast’ about fast track courts

The Eleventh Finance Commission’s report was submitted in 2000 and its recommendations were for the period between 2000 and 2005. Findings of the report – The report said, “We have observed that there is a pendency of about two crore cases in the district and subordinate courts of the states. We are providing a grant …

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Face off between Judiciary and Executive

A fruitful friction between the executive and the judiciary is welcome in a democracy. But an outright confrontation becomes a cause of concern for the doctrine of separation of powers. History The distrust emerged in 1970s when Ms Indira Gandhi asked for committed judiciary, committed press and committed bureaucracy. But the supersession of judges followed …

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