There is no doubt that January 12, 2018 will become a significant date in the judicial history of India. It is the first time that sitting Justices of the Supreme Court of India have directly addressed the media to draw attention to their concerns about the inner workings of this institution. The stakes have been raised considerably since this act of public criticism has come from the four senior-most Justices and could be narrowly construed as one that is specifically directed at the present Chief Justice of India (CJI). On the other hand, this act of public criticism can also be interpreted as one motivated by concerns related to the preservation of institutional integrity.The letter that was jointly released to the press by Justices Chelameshwar, Gogoi, Lokur and Joseph raises two issues that directly relate to judicial administration. The first of these is the allocation of sensitive matters to benches headed by relatively junior Justices while overlooking the senior-most Justices. … [Read more...] about A Cathartic Episode For The Higher Judiciary In India
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This elitism and discriminatory practice must be condemned because it is antithetical to the principles of fairness and equality upon which the practice of law is founded. Not only do these practices deprive meritorious students of opportunities, they also deprive the corporate legal sector of the talented legal minds that are found in the majority of Indian law schools and colleges. It is unfortunate that some law firms are known to discriminate between graduates at the same position or level by offering lower salaries to graduates of what are considered tier-two or tier-three law schools, Supreme Court judge Justice DY Chandrachud has said at an event organised by Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession in New Delhi.The Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession hosted the book launch of The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization at Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi on Friday. The event was hosted by David B Wilkins, Professor of Law and director … [Read more...] about “This Elitism Must Be Condemned” Justice Chandrachud On Discrimination By Few Law Firms Against Graduates From Ordinary Law Colleges [Read The Full Text Of Speech]
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