Webinar on Reforms required to strengthen the Indian Judiciary
In commemoration of the 70th year of adoption of the Constitution of India, a Webinar on “Reforms required to strengthen the Indian Judiciary” was organized on 8th May 2020 by VSLLS. The guest speaker for the event was Smt. Anjana Prakash, Senior Advocate. It was attended by faculty members including Prof. T.V. Subba Rao, Emeritus Professor, and VSLLS students. There were also participants in the capacity of VSLLS alumni, lawyers, and even interested non-legal persons. The session was of interest to all and was interactive wherein students and faculty members asked their questions which were promptly answered by the speaker. The session highlighted that delivery of Justice is wavering and not constant in the sense that there is a gap between the law and the relief granted. That is to say, when different interpretations of the same provisions of law lead to different decisions, justice becomes uncertain. The speaker stressed the requirement of consistency and speediness in the justice delivery mechanism and in making the judicial institution more democratic. To this end, she emphasized the value of ethics which although is an innate trait of a judge, can be trained and nurtured through training before the induction of a candidate into judicial services. The session, through a number of queries, covered a variety of issues including gender equality in judicial services, recusal of judges, the system of the collegium, accepting of the seat in Legislature by a Judge upon retirement, the balance of power and prerogative of Judiciary, personalization of the Institution by the Chief Justice of India, importance of citing precedents in the judgments to ensure consistency, fast-tracking of cases and dealing with pendency to expedite justice delivery mechanism. Thus, this enriching session was concluded leaving with the participants enough food for thought.