Attacks, media trials among new threats against justice: CJI NV Ramana

Calling attention to the growing number of attacks on the justice system, Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on Sunday stressed the need for law enforcement to deal with them effectively.

He made these remarks at the Fifth Endowment Conference of Late Sri Lavu Venkateswarlu.

“In recent times, physical attacks against judicial officers are on the increase. Sometimes there are also concerted print and social media campaigns against judges if the parties do not get a favorable order. These attacks appear to be sponsored and synchronized. The Law Law enforcement authorities, especially specialized agencies, must deal effectively with these malicious attacks. It is unfortunate that unless the Court intervenes and gives orders, the authorities generally do not pursue the investigation. Governments are supposed to and have a duty to create an environment so that judges and bailiffs can function without fear ”, he declared.

Judge Ramana also drew attention to media trials and said they cannot be the guiding factors in deciding cases.

“Another aspect which affects the fair functioning and independence of justice is the increasing number of trials in the media. New media tools have enormous amplifying capacity but seem unable to distinguish between good and bad, good and bad, and right and wrong. cannot be a determining factor in deciding cases, ”he observed.

Explaining the new and lingering challenges facing the justice system, CJI said the Constitution creates vast space for change as the country advances as a democracy.

Judge Ramana also said that the judiciary must adapt quickly and be flexible to resolve any challenges that come their way.

Appreciating the government for the appointment of several judges, the CJI debunked the demands of the judges themselves appointing judges.

“It is fashionable these days to repeat phrases such as ‘the judges themselves appoint the judges’. I consider this to be one of the widely held myths. are involved, including the Union Law Department, state governments, the governor, the High Court Collegia, the intelligence office and, finally, the most senior officer, all of whom are appointed to review the suitability of ‘a candidate. to propagate the aforementioned notion. After all, this narrative is suitable for certain sections. “

The CJI also noted that there is no impact assessment or basic constitutional review before laws are passed.

“The minimum that is expected of the legislature when drafting laws is that they respect established constitutional principles. In making laws, they should also think about providing effective remedies for problems that may arise from the law. But these principles seem to be being ignored. “

Citing the introduction of the Bihar Prohibition Act in 2016 as an example, CJI said that “the High Court has been cluttered with bail requests. For this reason, a simple request for release on bail takes a year to be processed ”.


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