365 days working: Judges are not supermen, blogs Justice Katju

"It is true that while many Judges work hard, others do not. But even a hard working Judge requires some rest"

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 2, 2014 7:05 pm
"It is true that while many Judges work hard, others do not. But even a hard working Judge requires some rest and has a family. “It is true that while many Judges work hard, others do not. But even a hard working Judge requires some rest and has a family.

Judges are not “supermen” and they also require some rest, was how a former Supreme Court judge expressed his disapproval to Chief Justice of India R M Lodha’s suggestion of making courts function all round the year.

“The Chief Justice of India has said that Courts should remain open 365 days in a year. How is this possible? Does a Judge not require some rest ? Is he not a human being with a family to look after?” Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI), wrote in his blog.

Questioning the proposal, he said there are various stake holders and it should be left to the public to consider the situation under which the judiciary functions.

“It is true that while many Judges work hard, others do not. But even a hard working Judge requires some rest and has a family.

“Similarly, lawyers and registry officials, too have families to look after and, being human beings, need some rest. I am not holding a brief for Judges who do not work hard. All I am requesting is for the public to consider the situation,” Justice Katju said.

Sharing his experience on the issue of pendency of cases plaguing the judiciary, he said, “This shows the plight of the judiciary. After all we are not supermen. If a man can carry a maximum load of, say, 100 pounds, and if an elephant is placed on his head, what will happen ? He will collapse.

“The massive load of arrears is simply too heavy for the judiciary to carry, and the filing of new cases is also huge,” he said.

He also said that it takes time to decide a case properly and a judge has to work hard to deliver a high quality judgement.

“People do not know this situation and yet blame the judges for not working hard. I am not holding a brief for corrupt judges. While many Judges are honest, there are some who are corrupt. But how much can even an honest and hard working Judge do in the face of such massive arrears?” he said.

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    ADG
    Jul 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm
    Many public services like rail, air, bus etc are working 24x7 for 365 days, It does not mean that there employees do not take rest. Indian judiciary should become system based as far as possible rather than individual judge base.
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    govprasad
    Jul 3, 2014 at 1:40 pm
    Why can;t they take leave like other departments. The complete judiciary doesn't have to close down for vacation.
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    Kannan Puratchi Kural
    Jul 7, 2014 at 3:14 am
    All I am requesting is for the public to consider the situation Hon'ble CJI is not requesting all Judges to work 365 days, instead run the courts 365 days and get the list of all holidays for individual Judges and why not run the courts with the available Judges?
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    Kannan Puratchi Kural
    Jul 7, 2014 at 2:17 am
    Does this mean Doctors, Policeman are superman in this world to make hospital, police stations running 365 days? We need courts to run 365 days to increase disposal of cases
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    D.Ramakrishnan
    Jul 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm
    Shri Katju Saab, Some suggestions are needed to clear the backlog of cases and cope with the incoming fresh ones. Vacancies may be filled in, Lok Adaalats may be arranged. The hard working judges may be honoured to encourage them and others too who are slack.
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    raj
    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm
    Where I is the implimentation .... No law can be successful till it is swiftly delivered and implemented implemented
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    SaDaNaND
    Jul 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm
    We too didn't expect them to be supermen! They should atleast be kind enough to keep their eyes n ear n nose etc wide open (Jolly LLB)!
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    Satya Ramchander
    Jul 2, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    CUTTING DOWN VACATIONS OF COURTS CAN BE A STARTER... LIMITING ADJOURNMENTS IS ANOTHER, .... HOW MANY CORRUPT JUDGES HAVE BEEN REMOVED? .... LET US LOOK AT WHAT CAN BE DONE, RATHER THAN WHAT CANNOT BE DONE....
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