ICFAI Law School Organizes Law Conclave on Independence of Judiciary: Collegium system

The ICFAI Law School organized a Law Conclave on Independence of Judiciary: Collegium System at Birla auditorium,Hyderabad on 16 November, 2015.

Online PR News – 20-November-2015 – Hyderabad, India – Eminent legal professionals and retired judges attended the conclave and shared their views about the Indian Judicial Collegium system. Hon’ble Mr.Justice G.Yethirajulu, Mr. A Narsimha Reddy – Chairman, Bar Council of AP, Prof. G B Reddy of Osmania University, Senior Advocates of High Court of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Mr. Vidya Sagar Rao, Mr. L Ravi Chander and Mr. Vivek Reddy were some of the experts who attended the seminar and shared their suggestions on bettering the procedure of appointment of Judges to the Higher Judiciary in detail.

Collegium System: The first dispute about the collegium system was decided in the year 1981 and the second judges case in 1993. Subsequently, the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) was constituted to look into the appointments of judges to the higher courts. But, in the month of October, 2015 the Supreme Court of India reviewed the NJAC and set aside stating that it is unconstitutional and sought the opinion of the general public to decide the same.

All the speakers discussed the issue elaborately and gave suggestions about the Collegium system. All were unanimous that there should be more transparency in the appointment of judges. They suggested that preference should be given to meritorious and experienced candidates and nepotism should be strictly avoided. They also suggested that the Government should also play a role in this process. Justice Yethirajulu suggested that the present strength of the Collegium members should be increased to 5 from existing 3 in High Courts and the strength of Supreme Court collegium members should be raised to 9 from 5. “There must be a pre fixed time schedules for appointment of Judges to avoid delay” he added.

Mr. Vivek Reddy, Advocate High Court suggested that the candidates aspiring to chair the higher courts position should have 10 years of relevant experience and they should be fiercely independent. “They should be honest and must have the judicial temperament”, he added.

The conclave was well attended by students and faculty of the ICFAI Law School. The students of the ICFAI Law School actively followed the debate and expressed their views and suggestions about the collegium system.

IFHE: The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE) is a deemed to be University under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956. It has three constituents namely; ICFAI Business School (IBS), IcfaiTech (Faculty of Science & Technology) and the ICFAI Law School (Faculty of Law). IFHE offers MBA, BBA, B.Tech and BBA-LLB (Hons.)/BA-LLB (Hons.) campus-based full-time programs. Recently NAAC has accredited the University with ‘A’ grade with an institutional score of 3.43 out of 4.

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