Tuesday, September 1, 2009


1. Justice must not merely be done but it must also be seen to be done.
The behaviour and conduct of members of the higher judiciary must reaffirm the people's faith in the impartiality of the judiciary. Accordingly any act of the judge of the Supreme Court or a High Court, whether in official or personal capacity, which erodes the credibility of this perception has to be avoided.

2. A judge should not contest the election to any office of a club, society or other association; further he shall not hold such elective office except in a society or association connected with the law.

3. Close association with individual members of the Bar, particularly those who practice in the same court, shall be eschewed.

4. A judge shall not permit any member of his immediate family, such as spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law or daughter-in-law or any other close relative, if a member of the Bar, to appear before him or even be associated in any manner with a cause to be dealt with by him.

5. No member of his family, who is a member of the Bar, shall be
permitted to use the residence in which the Judge actually resides or other facilities for processional work.

6. A Judge should practise a degree of aloofness consistent with the
dignity of his office.

7. A Judge shall not hear and decide a matter in which a member of his
family, a close relation or a friend is concerned.

8. A Judge shall not enter into public debate or express his views in public on political matters that are pending or are likely to arise for judicial determination.

9. A Judge is expected to let his judgments speak for themselves. He
shall not give interview to the media.

10. A Judge shall not accept gifts or hospitality except from his family, close relations and friends.

11. A Judge shall not hear and decide a matter in a company in which he holds shares is concerned unless he has disclosed his interest and no objection to his hearing and deciding the matter is raised.

12. A Judge shall not speculate in shares, stocks or the like.

13. A Judge shall not engage directly or indirectly in trade or business,either by himself or in association with any other person. (Publication of a legal treatise or any activity in the nature of a hobby shall not be construed as a trade or business).

14. A Judge should not ask for, accept contributions or otherwise actively associate himself with the raising of any fund for any purpose.

15. A Judge should not seek any financial benefit in the form of a
perquisite or privilege attached to his office unless it is clearly available. Any doubt in this behalf must be got resolved and clarified through the Chief Justice.

16. Every Judge must at all times be conscious that he is under the public gauze and there should be no act or omission by him which is unbecoming of the high office he occupies and the public esteem in which that office is held

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