CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s salutary reform in Supreme Court will benefit common man

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By Alangad Raghunath In a few days time, the visual sight of a long queue of lawyers standing in the Court of Chief Justice of India, making requests inter alia, for urgent listing of their matters, both fresh and old will hopefully be gone forever. In court parlance, such requests made at the beginning of the sitting of the Chief Justices Court, is called Matters in such Such The Chief Justice of India recently remarked: it takes up too much of the courts time.new guidelines are being put into place which will ensure that every urgent matter comes up on the docket within four days of its filing, at the most five days. In fact, the CJI Ranjan Gogoi, on the day he assumed office as Chief Justice of India, told a lawyer, who stood before him for the usual He has also restricted the Up till now, the practice of the Supreme Court, on listing of fresh matters, is that after registration, the matter will take nearly two weeks to come up before the Court, for admission hearing. In case, the litigant is hard pressed to wait for two weeks, his lawyer had the option to either press for an early listing or an interim order to ensure that his case does not become infructous by the time the matter is heard for admission. In the process, the litigant suffered two sets of fees, one for the In many such matters where urgent interim orders are to be obtained, the litigant often requests for engaging senior counsel to present his case thereby quadrupling his litigation expenses. However, what the Chief Justice should guard himself from, is not to make an exception too often, as otherwise there will be the ever present danger of the exception becoming the rule and the system once again reverting to the original position or Many a reforms earlier by previous chief justices, had a thumping start but sadly in no time, reverted to the starting point or This also brings to the fore, one more important aspect. For any reforms to succeed, both procedural and substantive, the cooperation of the lawyers is imperative. Without the cooperation and support of the lawyers, collectively called The lawyers must desist from the temptation to run to the Chief Justice court on the mere request of the litigant. Also read| After all, for the litigant, his vision is coloured by subjectivity and is like looking through a microscope, in contrast, and hopefully to the binocular vision of the lawyer as he has a more objective view of the matter. It is for the lawyer to be perspicacious and judge the reasonableness of the request and refrain from approaching the court for Let In case, the prohibition against Let READ: Upper caste quota: Not a legal challenge! Indeed, the justice system in India is too oppressive and many a times the litigant is forced to retreat from approaching the courts and as a result suffers the injustice meted out to them by the state or fellow citizens, in silence without daring to approach the courts for redressal of their grievances. After all, it is Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, who famously said in one of his judgments that if courts are not equipped to render justice, then the streets will take over the role of courts. The attempt of the newly appointed Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is revolutionary and to be welcomed by all, including litigants and lawyers. If he succeeds in pulling off this salutary reform, it will make him stand out and be remembered as a reform-oriented Chief Justice of India, even long after he retires. It is time to extend the concept and principle behind the salutary intention of improving (Alangad Raghunath is Advocate on Record, Supreme Court. Views expressed are the author)

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