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Cabinet nod for judicial accountability bill

Posted in JUDICIAL REFORMS, JUDICIARY by NNLRJ INDIA on October 6, 2010

The Union Cabinet today approved ‘The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010” and its introduction in the Parliament.

The Bill provides a mechanism for enquiring into complaints against the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts, lays down judicial standards and requires the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts to declare their assets and liabilities. The Bill seeks to replace the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968 while retaining its basic features. The enactment of the Bill will address the growing concerns regarding the need to ensure greater accountability of the higher judiciary by bringing in more transparency and would further strengthen the credibility and independence of the judiciary.

Background :

At present there is no legal provision for dealing with complaints filed by the public against the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts. Also, the judiciary has adopted resolutions for declaration of assets by Judges and “Restatement of values of Judicial Life’. However, there is no law that requires the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts to declare their assets and liabilities and also there is no statutory sanction for judicial standards.

http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=66187

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  1. Venkatesh P. Dalwai said, on October 7, 2010 at 13:45

    Wise men need not have rules to regulate them becuase its an insult to have rules governing them which was the possible thought when we drafted the constitution and incorporated hetic procedure of impeachment. But growing concern among general public about lack of accountabilty among Higher judiciary is being addressed by the parliment hopefully with good intentions.This law is out come of judiciary’s own making due to certain situations and also due to concern of political class about controlling judiciary.


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