Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Judicial Reforms, Judicial Accountability.... la la la, la la la

Recent news has Law Minister Mr Moily at it again. While it is good to be reform oriented but too much talk on reducing case duration from 15 years to 2 years only gives suspicion it is going to remain tall talk for some time to come (read: duration of UPA govt).

The news below:

New Delhi, Oct 19 (PTI) The Centre today said it will bring in a comprehensive bill in the winter session of Parliament next month to ensure accountability and standard in judiciary.

"We need to introduce lots of systems to ensure accountability and standard among the judiciary. That is why...in winter session... we hope to come out with a very comprehensive bill," Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told NDTV.

He said the government would like to replace the Judges Inquiry Act of 1968 with a new comprehensive bill named 'Judicial Accountability and Standard Bill, 2009.'

The Law Minister said the government would go for a national consultation on judicial reforms on October 24 and October 25 during which he may come out with a "vision statement" regarding bringing down the limit for the earliest disposal of cases from 15 years to just 2 years.

Comments: This better be followed by some action. Otherwise it would seem that it is nothing more than high-sounding talk of a 'newly' elected government which wants to promise too many things while early in power.

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