Judiciary facing crisis of credibility: Chief Justice of India

The CJI assured the lawyers that if Bar cooperates, judges will be ready to sit even on Saturdays to finish old legal matters.

By: PTI | Allahabad | Updated: March 13, 2016 8:08 pm
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Judiciary as an institution is facing a crisis of credibility which is a challenge from within, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur said here on Sunday as he asked judges to be conscientious of their duties.

With concern being raised over huge pendency of cases, Justice Thakur did not mince any words as he said that Bar has “not been very very cooperative” in the disposal of cases even if judges are ready to put extra hours.

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“At times judges feel that the delay in the disposal of cases is only because the Bar does not, at times, cooperate,” he said at the function to inaugurate 150th anniversary of the Allahabad High Court.

The CJI said he can assure the lawyers that if Bar cooperates, judges will be ready to sit even on Saturdays to finish old matters, especially related to people languishing in jail for years.

Underlining the glorious history of Allahabad High Court, he said it is a matter of great pride for him that Pandit Motilal Nehru, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Tej Bahadur Sapru, Kailash Nath Katju, who have left indelible marks in history, belong to his home state Jammu and Kashmir.

“Difficult times have been seen by this court. Difficult challenges have also been seen by this court but judges have risen to the occasion. They have discharged their duties fearlessly…but we cannot sleep or rejoice over the laurels of the past only.

“We have great challenges in future and we need to get ready to meet those challenges. Judiciary as an institution, as we all know, is always under public gaze and has challenges not only from within but from outside also. Challenges from outside do not disturb us so much. We all face them well but we need to look after and what need to be aware of are challenges from within,” he said.

The Chief Justice of India said, “…and when I speak about challenges from within I am referring to the crisis of credibility that we face in the country today. Judges need to be conscientious of in their discharge of duties, punctuality, judicial retribute and effort to do the best is what is the need of the hour”.

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  1. B
    Mar 13, 2016 at 6:14 pm
    Jayalalitha, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Sonia hi, Rahul i, Salman Khan, Teesta Setalvad, Dayanithi Maran, Ottavio Quattrocchi, Kapil Sibal, Spectrum A Raja, Kanimozhi - All have made Indian Judiciary "Proud". The Judiciary can restore its credibility only if it can punish the bigwigs for their crimes against the country without any fear or favour.
    1. K
      Mar 13, 2016 at 8:34 pm
      BGGR speaks at the end of his career.?
      1. S
        Mar 13, 2016 at 3:54 pm
        Judiciary needs to reform itself . It needs to believe in justice delivery system , instead of merely playing by the book. We need judiciary to be continuous learners, even going back to law college as teachers and students after retirement, mentoring state prosecution arms and police on how to prepare bulletproof cases for the court, we need judiciary to suggest changes in laws ( e.g. , laws of contract) so that cases don't come to court or are settled outside the courts ...
        1. P
          Mar 13, 2016 at 3:39 pm
          All through his career the Chief Justice was a just born baby who did not realize the sham call Indian judiciary much worse than the street beggar who was much more aware of what the FK is going on the country.
          1. I
            Mar 13, 2016 at 3:31 pm
            The efforts of the Central Bureau of Investigation towards custodial interrogation of Dayanidhi Maran, former telecom Minister and brother of media moghul Kalanidhi Maran, were struck down by a Supreme Court bench led by Justice TS Thakur that concluded that a summon-and-inquire investigation was enough.
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