Friday, August 8, 2014

Lawyers’ association demands judicial transparency

Lawyers’ association demands judicial transparency
National Lawyers’ Campaign for Judicial Transparency and Reforms has sought implementation of several steps including voice and video recording and simultaneous telecast of all court and tribunal proceedings, open selection of judges of Supreme Court and High Courts through notification and advertisements.

It also said that judges should not be provided protection from filing of FIRs against them, if there are allegations.

The organisation’s president, Mathews J Nedumpara, addressing a press conference here, said he has already met Chief Justice of India, Justice R M Lodha, and discussed these reforms with him.

“Justice Lodha has agreed to the voice recording of all court and trial proceedings… He also expressed that he is not against the open selection of judges through open notifications and advertisements. However, he feels that the selection of judges’ needs to be more transparent,” he said.

He added that the practise of video recording is being followed in several countries.

“Even our neighbouring country Sri Lanka has this facility. So definitely we can implement it in our country,” he said.

He, further, said that the declaration of assets by Judges of Supreme Court and High Courts should be made mandatory and the “concept of absolute impunity to Judges” also needs to be repealed