There will likely be ‘flood’ of pending circumstances post-COVID, mediation must be emphasised: CJI

New Delhi, September 12

Chief Justice of India S A Bobde on Saturday stated the COVID-19 pandemic would current a “huge pendency of cases” in courts and loads of emphasis must be positioned on utilising mediation for resolving many of those issues.

The CJI additionally burdened on the necessity to concentrate on psychological well being and referred to the “uncomfortable prediction” that there could be a suicide pandemic following the COVID disaster.

“This COVID pandemic is going to present us with huge pendency of cases. I do not see any way out of it. We have to decide cases,” the CJI stated throughout a digital occasion the place he launched the guide – ‘Judiciary, Judges and the Administration of Justice’ – authored by former high courtroom choose Justice R Banumathi.

The CJI stated he believes that that is the time when loads of emphasis must be positioned on utilising mediation, pre-litigation and post-litigation mediation to resolve many issues.

“I am not suggesting every matter can be, but when the pandemic goes away and the lockdowns are all lifted, we are going to face a flood of cases which I do not know how we are going to decide if we go in the usual way of following the detailed procedure and this is something which we all have to put in our minds together to deal with,” he stated.

Addressing the gathering, Justice N V Ramana stated judges are actually being construed as mushy targets for criticism and have gotten “victims of juicy gossip and slanderous social media posting”.

Justice Ramana, the senior-most choose of the apex courtroom after the CJI, stated that judges need to stability their social life with a purpose to be unbiased.

“It is completely upon the judge to maintain a distance. Judges themselves restrain from speaking in their own defence and they are now being construed as soft targets for criticism. This issue is further complicated by the proliferation of social media and technology. Judges are becoming victims of juicy gossip and slanderous social media posting,” he stated.

Raising the problem of psychological well being, the CJI stated it requires severe consideration as there’s a very “uncomfortable prediction” a few suicide pandemic.

“I don’t believe and sincerely hope that it does not happen,” he stated, including that pandemic has introduced two issues amongst folks which could be very troublesome—depressive tendency and pointless aggression.

“It is high time that we devote energy to mental health,” he stated, including that the Supreme Court has taken an initiative to cope with the psychological well being difficulty and supply skilled psychological well being recommendation, which the secretary common of the highest courtroom would quickly announce.

He stated the judiciary belongs to the nation and its achievements are the results of “unflinching dedication” and dedication of quite a few people on and off the bench.

The CJI stated that for judges and consequently for the judiciary, the largest problem is to make sure that the nation inches in the direction of the objective set within the Constitution.

He stated that an unbiased judiciary is ‘sine qua non’ (important situation) to attain the identical.

“It is not for the personal benefit of the judges but for the effective exercise of the power vested in the judiciary,” he stated, including, “In fact, even the freedom of speech of judges is curtailed by the same laws which prevent people from saying whatever they feel like, adverse to the independence of the judiciary.”          

Justice Ramana stated there’s a misunderstanding that judges lead a lifetime of “luxury in their ivory towers”.

“From my own experience, I can state that the life of a judge is not better than others. There seems to be a misunderstanding that judges lead a life of luxury in their ivory towers. However, the reality is quite different and it is difficult for others to comprehend,” he stated.

The CJI stated the guide authored by Justice Banumathi (retd) is “unique” within the sense that it gives useful perception into the functioning of the colossal establishment of the judiciary.

Speaking on the event, apex courtroom choose Justice D Y Chandrachud referred to the dedication of Justice Banumathi (retd) in the direction of the reason for justice and authorized career.

Justice Chandrachud referred to the work completed by the Supreme Court E-committee, of which he’s the chairperson, and in addition supplied knowledge of circumstances on the district stage in the course of the pandemic.

He stated round 28.66 lakh circumstances have been registered on the district stage within the pandemic interval out of which 12.69 lakh issues have been disposed of.

He additionally referred to the info uploaded on the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) and stated round 3.39 crore circumstances are pending.

Justice Chandrachud stated knowledge of round 9.91 crore disposed of circumstances is on the market on NJDG together with round 12.53 crore orders and judgements.

Justice Banumathi (retd) stated the guide highlights the assorted important aspects of judgeship and in addition offers a complete view of accomplishments of the E-court mission.

She stated the guide impresses upon the judges and legal professionals for the good use of expertise to make the judicial course of extra clear and environment friendly.

Supreme Court choose Justice Indu Malhotra and Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice D N Patel additionally addressed the gathering which was attended by a number of different judges of the apex courtroom. — PTI

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