'Serious danger' in equating court with temple and judge with God: Chief Justice


'Serious danger' in equating court with temple and judge with God: Chief Justice

CJI DY Chandrachud has observed that the tendency to equate judges with God is dangerous.

Kolkata:

Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud has observed that the tendency to equate judges with God is dangerous because the function of judges is to serve the public interest.

“Too many, we are addressed as honor or lordship or ladyship. There is a great danger when people say that the court is the temple of justice. There is a great danger that we call ourselves those. Consider the gods in the temples,” CJI Chandrachud said while addressing the regional conference of the National Judicial Academy in Kolkata.

The CJI said that he feels humiliated when he is told that the court is the temple of justice because the temple believes that judges are gods.

“I would rather reframe the role of the judge as a servant of the people. And when you think of yourselves as people who exist to serve others, you have empathy, compassion, judgment. Others bring up the idea of ​​doing it but don't decide on it,” said the CJI.

He said that even when sentencing someone in a criminal case, judges do so with feelings of compassion because in the end a human being is punished.

“So these concepts of constitutional ethics, I think, are key, not only for Supreme Court or High Court judges, but also for the district judiciary itself, because the engagement of ordinary citizens is first and foremost with that. District Judiciary begins,” said CJI Chandrachud.

Speaking on the occasion, he emphasized on the relevance of technology in the functioning of the judiciary.

According to CJI Chandrachud, language is the main barrier to access and understanding of judgments by common people.

“Technology can give us some answers. Most judgments are written in English. Technology has enabled us to translate them. We are translating 51,000 judgments into other languages,” CJI Chandrachud said.

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