From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Centre for Research and Planning (CRP)
Mains level : Reform measures in Judiciary
- Nine months after it was set up with an ambitious mandate to reform the judiciary, the Centre for Research and Planning (CRP), the Supreme Court’s in-house think tank, is now virtually disbanded.
Centre for Research and Planning (CRP)
- The CRP was CJI Gogoi’s brainchild, and setting it up was one of the first decisions he took after assuming office in October 2018.
- It was intended to improve public confidence in the judiciary that had taken a knocking after four most senior judges took to media to express their discontent.
- Few Supreme Court judges had held a press conference in January 2018 to raise concerns on the functioning of the court, especially the allocation of cases by then CJI Dipak Misra.
Terms of reference for CRP
- The CRP was asked to come up with short versions of key judgments without the jargon to connect with ordinary citizens.
- The idea was mooted after the criticism the court received following the Sabarimala verdict in September 2018, allowing entry of women into the Kerala shrine.
- The CRP was also tasked with creating a network of leading independent scholars in key domain areas, complementing state and national judicial academies in strengthening the knowledge infrastructure of the judiciary.