Judicial Appointments Conundrum Pre-NJAC Verdict

[op-ed snap] Allowing judges to be judged

  1. Regular evaluation of judicial performance is a springboard for ensuring greater judicial accountability but we do not have any institutional mechanism.
  2. Judicial accountability promotes 3 discrete values – rule of law, public confidence in the judiciary and constitutional responsibility.
  3. Our constitution protect judges against the will of the masses, the will of parliament and the will of central government but does not provide provide for the accountability of judges.
  4. According to the constitution judges can be impeached by parliament on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity.
  5. US has a merit plan under which not only are the judges appointment on merit but their continuance in office is decided on the basis of nonpartisan elections.
  1. Regular evaluation of judicial performance is a springboard for ensuring greater judicial accountability but we do not have any institutional mechanism.
  2. Judicial accountability promotes 3 discrete values – rule of law, public confidence in the judiciary and constitutional responsibility.
  3. Our constitution protect judges against the will of the masses, the will of parliament and the will of central government but does not provide provide for the accountability of judges.
  4. According to the constitution judges can be impeached by parliament on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity.
  5. US has a merit plan under which not only are the judges appointment on merit but their continuance in office is decided on the basis of nonpartisan elections.