Judges To Use The Utmost Discretion In Making Courtroom Comments: President Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind voiced his displeasure on Saturday with the derogatory statements made towards the judiciary's highly respected institution on social media platforms, saying that indiscreet utterances by judges in courtrooms might allow for questionable interpretations to run rampant.

President Ram Nath Kovind was speaking to Supreme Court and high court judges who had assembled in Delhi for the 72nd Constitution Day festivities.

The President, who was previously a practising lawyer, stated unequivocally that they had established a high standard for themselves. As a result, judges must take extreme caution in their public pronouncements. Even if uttered with good intentions, indiscreet statements allow for questionable interpretations to stifle the courts.

He cited a statement by Justice Frankfurter of the United States Supreme Court, who stated that the most important trait of judges is separation, which is based on independence. The President, quoting Frankfurter, stated that history shows us that judicial independence is compromised when courts become enmeshed in the emotions of each day and acquire the main authority for deciding between rival political, economical, and social pressures.

According to him, the judiciary has upheld the greatest norms of behaviour while carrying out its duties, and as a result, it is the most trusted institution in the eyes of the public. President Kovind stated that it saddens him greatly to learn that certain disrespectful statements against the judiciary have recently been published on social media sites.

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The President thought this was an isolated incident that would pass quickly. "These platforms have functioned beautifully to democratise knowledge, but they also have a sinister side," he said, speculating on what may be causing this tendency. Some criminals take advantage of the secrecy they provide."

He also underlined the need of lowering case indigency and litigation costs, noting that the subject of lawsuit pendency has repercussions for economic advancement and progress. It is past time for all parties to develop a solution that prioritises national interest. In this process, technology may be a powerful friend.

Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, and Supreme Court judges AM Khanwilkar and L Nageswar Rao all spoke at the ceremony. Courts are struggling to give justice within acceptable time owing to clogged filings and a tattered legal system, according to Justice Khanwilkar, who stated that they need to rationalise and even prioritise case management machinery. He stated that a consistent technique is now being used to handle disputes involving one lakh rupees or a high-stakes situation involving one lakh crore rupees, which is harming the nation's progress.

Because numerous infrastructure issues are undergoing adjudication in courts, Rijiju, the law minister, believes that the judiciary plays a critical role in development. According to him, the function of the judiciary in resolving infrastructure disputes while keeping wider national objectives in mind is critical for the smooth flow of progress and total project costs. Recognizing the need to improve judicial facilities, he added that the current administration is aware of the importance of supplying well-equipped judicial facilities to the subordinate judiciary to enable the administration of justice in a way that ensures that justice is delivered to all in a timely and efficient way.