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    Judges' presser last year 'nothing more than' self-correcting measure: CJI

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    "I believe the institution (judiciary) must correct itself and indeed it did during the time when the much-criticised press conference was held. It was nothing more than a self-corrective measure and I do not wish to justify it," Justice Bobde said during the inauguration of a new building of the Rajsthan High Court.

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    Chief Justice of India S A Bobde here on Saturday said the press conference held by four senior most judges of the apex court last year was just a self-corrective measure. In an unprecedented move, Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurien Joseph-- had on January 12, 2018, held a press conference, saying the situation in the top court was "not in order" and many "less than desirable" things had taken place.

    Ranjan Gogoi later in the year had succeeded the then chief justice of India Dipak Mishra.

    "I believe the institution (judiciary) must correct itself and indeed it did during the time when the much-criticised press conference was held. It was nothing more than a self-corrective measure and I do not wish to justify it," Justice Bobde said during the inauguration of a new building of the Rajsthan High Court here.

    The CJI further said, "All judges were eminent and Justice (Ranjan) Gogoi in particular showed great competence and led the judiciary from the front."

    He stressed as an institution, the judiciary must remain committed to making justice accessible to people by strengthening the existing avenues and evolving newer means to achieve an affordable, quick and satisfactory settlement of disputes.

    At the same time, we must be aware of the changes and perception about the judiciary, the CJI said.

    He said recent events in the country had sparked off an old debate with new vigour, where there was no doubt that the criminal justice system must reconsider its position and attitude towards the time it took to dispose of a criminal matter.

    "Justice is never ought to be instant. Justice must never ever take the form of revenge. I believe justice loses its character when it becomes revenge. There is a need in the judiciary to invoke self-correcting measures but whether or not they should be publicised is a matter of debate," he said.

    "We have to devise methods for not only speeding up litigation but all together preventing it. There are laws which provide for pre-litigation mediation," he said, adding that there was a need to consider compulsory pre-litigation mediation.

    Surprisingly, no courses were available for conferring a degree or diploma in mediation, he said.
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    5 Comments on this Story

    Nachiket Katha244 days ago
    Why India is content in getting pass class (0.51 out of 1) behind Nepal and Sri Lanka in rule of Law at 68 when likes of Germany and UK are in 0.80s. We are 77 in in the world in criminal justice system, 97 in civil justice system (required to enforce contracts).The most critical failure of Indian democracy is failure of Indian judiciary (worse than even failure of political class) a shame for largest democracy. And that is why criminal dominate Parliament and Assemblies. Instead of discussing that we are discussing CAB/NRC. Given a choice who would want to be Citizen of India where 10 lakh babies die due to lack of clean drinking water, you can be raped and even if you have courage of approaching courts, you relatives would be killed and conviction rate is just 20 per cent after 10-20 years if you are lucky and your rapist is not with political backing. Even annual 20000 crores more for getting 20000 more judges with supporting infra would be less than 0.1 per cent 200 lakh crore GDP but can improve economic growth by at least one per cent 2 lakh crores (with compounding effect).
    Suresh Kamath245 days ago
    These are happenings are recalled and lot of Talk to Reform done before taking the CHAIR and once in the Chair DO and others DO and recall all such REFORMS after these demit the very CHAIR and yet CLAIM that JUSTICE cannot be Instantly and DO have the time on hand to CALL URGENT MEET of 3 Judges on a SUNDAY to decide who WOULD Form Govt or WHO could be allowed to be SPEAKER but these SPECIAL Sessions of APEX Court NEVER discussed any CASE involving such Lady who was stabbed and Burnt by the very ACCUSED let off on BAIL for the Crime of Rape and Blackmail of the Lady for over almost an Year and Now CLAIMS of JUSTICE vs revenge when the PEOPLE of the Country have rebelled against the LONG Delay of NOT HANGING the 2012 GUILTY ?????
    IMMEDIATE REFORMS are NEEDED in JUDICIARY to speed up ALL pending Cases and bring the PILE to CURRENT levels so that COMMON PEOPLE can expect JUSTICE Timely
    Rekha Kulkarni245 days ago
    The 4 Judges were blaming the Chief Judge Mishra for not accepting their suggestions. The 4 judges didn't say why was it mandatory by CJI to accept the demands of the 4 judges. If every Government Officer is forced to accept suggestions of the staff under him, who should be responsible if things go wrong ? Will it not create an administration where no one can be responsible ! What Mr. Bobade has to say on this ? Also why he was not part of the group of 4 ?
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