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SC issues guidelines to designate ‘senior advocates’

The notification comes days before the anniversary of Jaising’s ‘Gown Wapsi’ movement. On August 15 of last year, she shed her senior counsel gown to symbolise the discrimination inherent in the senior advocate designation process. The eligibility criterion for designation is a minimum of 10 years combined standing as an advocate or a District Judge, or as a Judicial Member of any Tribunal whose qualification for eligibility isn't less than that prescribed for a District judge.

August 6,2018

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Blame it on Collegium

According to their warrants of appointments signed off by the President of India on August 3, 2018, Justice K M Joseph has been put below the other two justices in the seniority order despite the fact that Justice Joseph’s name was initially recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium much before the name of Justices Banerjee and Saran. The Collegium erred knowing fully that reiteration of his name along with the names of other Chief Justices could compromise his seniority further.

August 5,2018

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Government skirts question on Justice Shukla

The MoS Law and Justice P P Chaudhary skirted the reply to the question which specially sought to know steps taken by the government to facilitate removal of Justice Shukla, therefore, making it appear that the government has not taken any initiative to remove the tainted judge.

August 1,2018

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Don’t pick Justice Rajendra Menon as Chief Justice of Delhi High Court

Justice Rajendra Menon has been subject to incriminating comments from a Joint Inquiry Committee led by Justice Banumathi, as per he he has been found guilty of wrongfully and punitively transferring a former woman ADJ who had accused Justice S K Gangele of Madhya Pradesh of sexually harassing her. Does Delhi High Court deserve Justice Menon as the next Chief Justice in place of Justice Aniruddha Bose of Calcutta High Court, the Collegium’s initial, and unblemished, choice?

July 26,2018

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[FULL TEXT] Third RNG Lecture by Justice Gogoi

‘Justice is not something that is a standalone precept but an amalgam of other ideals like “socialism”; “democracy”; “liberty”; “equality”; “fraternity”, to name a few. They are not isolated silos because their undying endeavour is to establish one discipline - of overall justice, of an inclusive society.’

July 13,2018

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RTI reply: Justice Shukla writes to President

CPIO decided to withhold the copy of letter stating that information requested by the RTI applicant related to personal information and therefore, it couldn’t be provided under section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005.

July 12,2018

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Big shame for legal fraternity

Under Manan Kumar Misra's tenure, the BCI has become highly politicised and no longer can maintain a legitimate sense of independence, or perform its job as a regulator properly.

June 27,2018

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Will Justice Gogoi be superseded?

Justice Gogoi’s ‘fitness to hold the office’ of the CJI has, in fact, been bolstered by his participation in the unprecedented press conference on January 12, 2018.

June 26,2018

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A very costly win

As the Supreme Court cleared the appointment of senior advocate Indu Malhotra to the position of a judge, we contemplate the reasons for rejection of a similar appointment of Justice KM Joseph

May 25,2018

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A regrettable judgement

Here’s a summary of the major responses and opinions published in the wake of the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the clutch of petitions.

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