20 October, 2020

Milord, Judge Yourself

The judges’ resolve to adopt a code of ethics is welcome. But was it to pre-empt the government’s move to monitor them?

Milord, Judge Yourself

THE recent resolution of the chief justices of the country’s high courts to evolve a code of conduct is a step in the right direction. But the very fact that it is needed only brings into sharp relief the question mark that exists over ethical standards in the judiciary. The move to make the judiciary more effective and accountable is certainly welcome. Naturally, many are asking why this pillar of society at all needed to remind itself of the desirability of such a code, given the "hallowed status" it enjoys. Called the "Restatement of Values of Judicial Life", this code, many legal eagles believe, is a pre-emptive strike by Chief Justice A.S. Anand against norms that may be stipulated by the government through the proposed National Judicial Commission.

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had told a gathering of judges and lawyers late last month that his government was keen on setting up a commission which would recommend judicial appointments as well as draw up a code of ethics. The mild face off between...



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