Need to rethink collegiate appointment system, says justice minister


Kiren Rijiju today suggested there was a need to rethink the college system. (Case)


Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju today suggested there is a need to rethink the collegiate system to speed up the appointment process in the senior judiciary, as there are concerns about the existing process.

He said senior judicial appointments are “pending”, but “not due to the Minister of Justice but to the system”.

“There is a need to reflect on the collegiate system in order to expedite appointments in the upper judiciary,” he said, speaking as a keynote speaker at the inauguration of the two-day conference of Union of India Counsel (Western Zone) on ‘Emerging Legal Issues-2022’ in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Later, when asked by reporters about his remarks, he said, “The system in place is causing problems and everyone knows that. There will be more discussions about what to do and how. J I presented my point of view to everyone where judges, court officers and guests were. Supreme Court Justice Ajay Rastogi, Acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court MM Srivastava, Gujarat Chief Justice HC Arvind Kumar and Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta also expressed their views during the inaugural session of the workshop.

Mr Rijiju said: “If such issues are discussed at such conferences, those present come to know what is on the mind of the Minister of Justice and what the government thinks. I have expressed my views and I also listened to their views.” He said he raised the issue in Udaipur as several “Rajasthan High Court appointments are to be made and they are pending.”

“The appointments are pending not because of the Minister of Justice but because of the system and that’s why I put (my point of view) before you,” he said.

Supreme Court justices recently raised the issue of the government’s “delay” in allowing college-suggested names for senior judicial appointments.

The NDA government had tried in 2014 to change the system for appointing judges. The National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act passed in 2014 would have granted a major role to the executive in the appointment of judges to the upper judiciary. But it was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2015.

Mr Rijiju also said on Saturday that additional solicitors general would be appointed in all high courts so that the Indian government could be effectively represented.

He said the country’s courts are being digitized which will help people get information about their cases.

He also said that the government was taking effective measures to improve the infrastructure of high courts and lower courts.

He also said the government was working to establish a law academy.

He said 4.85 million cases are pending in the country and the judiciary must work effectively to address this pending.

Speaking as a special guest, Union Minister of State for Law and Justice SP Baghel said there will be brainstorming at this conference from which a decision will emerge. on the strengthening of democracy and its institutions.

The event opened with a special video message from Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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