SC judge advocates transparency in the working of judges and unbiased approach
Punjab Newsline Network
Sunday, 26 September 2010
CHANDIGARH: Justice Dalveer Bhandari Judge, Supreme Court of India Sunday stressed the need to enhance quality of adjudication besides stepping up the efforts to monitor the same at the highest level.
He was speaking at the valedictory function of the three-day Regional Judicial conference organized by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in collaboration with Chandigarh Judicial Academy and National Judicial Academy on Enhancing Quality of Adjudication at Chandigarh Judicial Academy. Justice Bhandari said that the hallmark of quality of adjudication was transparency in the working of the judges and their unbiased approach. The judgments should be consistent, correct and there should be commitment on the part of the judiciary to uphold the values enshrined in our Constitution. Valedictory sessions was presided over by Justice Mukul Mudgal, Chief Justice, Punjab & Haryana High Court and Justice S.B. Sinha, former Judge, Supreme Court of India was the guest of honour. Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court concluded the conference with vote of thanks.
The Conference was inaugurated by Justice Mukul Mudgal Chief Justice Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 24. Addressing the judicial officers Justice Mudgal said that quality of justice was inseparable from the expectations of the society. In ultimate analysis, his Lordship emphasized a balancing of various factors involved in the dispensation of justice with a view to achieve what our society requires so that we could live up to the expectations of the people and make the justice delivery system really efficacious. Delivering the key note address, Justice T.S. Thakur, Judge Hon’ble Supreme Court of India said that so far no one has challenged our judicial system which was based on sound principles but there was a need to increase the Judge-population ratio and if our Judicial Officers were given to deal with lesser number of cases then certainly the quality of adjudication would not be in any manner lesser than the other advanced Countries. The reference was also made regarding the disposal in a phased manner by the Courts working under Punjab & Haryana High Court, during the tenure of Justice T.S. Thakur as the Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court and the results regarding disposal were appreciable.
Professor G. Mohan Gopal, Director, National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, pointed out that there is need to measure and monitor quality of adjudication. We must set some parameters or standards for the same. He further pointed out that Right Protection Index can be one of the indicators for measuring and monitoring quality of adjudication. He further stated about six points for dispensing quality justice. Professor Virender Kumar, Director, Academic CJA, in his address said that overall public trust and confidence is the dominant condition of good governance, transparency and accountability and is vital to the interest of the society. The Court should strive to achieve such levels of efficient working as to create the necessary trust and confidence in the people.
Justice Deepak Mishra, Chief Justice Delhi High Court, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Deepak Gupta, Judge, H.P. High Court Justice Sunil Hali, Judge, J & K High Court, Justice Dharamveer, Judge, Uttrakhand High Court, Justice Ranjit Singh, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice J. P. Singh, Judge, J& K High Court , Justice Shantanagoudar, Judge Karnataka High Court, Justice Sanjib Banerjee, Judge, Calcutta High Court, Justice Sunil Ambwani, Judge, Allahabad High Court, Justice Badar Durrej Ahmed, Judge, Delhi High Court, Justice K. Kannan, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court also expressed their views during the three-day judicial conference.