The Supreme Court Bar Association hosts Chief Justices of various High Courts

The Supreme Court Bar Association held a reception on Friday to welcome the chief justices of the various high courts across the country, as well as new members of the SCBA.

Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju was the guest of honor at the event, which saw the attendance of dignitaries such as Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana, Attorney General of India KK Venugopal, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, SCBA President Vikas Singh, and SCBA Vice President. Pradeep Rai.

In addition, Chief Justices of the High Courts, members of the SCBA, barristers and those associated with the legal profession, among others, were present on occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the CJI said that the power to appoint a judge to a High Court rests with the Chief Justice of the respective High Court.

CJI Ramana said this while responding to the request made by SCBA President Vikas Singh and Association Vice President Pradeep Rai.

He requested the chief justices of various high courts to send names for promotion to the vacancies of judges as soon as possible.

Senior Counsel Pradeep Rai said, “I would like to make a humble request to the CJI to review the names of Supreme Court lawyers for elevation to high courts.

“We are not interfering in the process of justice in any way, but it is a humble request that lawyers be considered for elevation to the various High Courts. We are not against merit, but good lawyers should have this opportunity.

Speaking of judicial academies, he said, “Most of the judicial academies are not used optimally. Access to judicial academies should be open to the legal community. After the intervention of Judge Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Judge Uday Umesh Lalit, SCBA members recently underwent training at the Future Academy. All High Court lawyers should benefit from this facility. There should be no restrictions on defenders using these facilities.

“When the infrastructure is developed for the legal fraternity, the bar should also be consulted. Lawyers should have access to judicial academies to update their knowledge, whenever possible.

“Lawyers should also be considered for appointment to judicial academies after sufficient training,” he added.

He said SCBA has a big responsibility because they not only have to see the names that are running as a judge, but also where they are.

SCBA President Vikas Singh said that when the Constitution was formed, there was no Collegium. “Now we have a full-fledged Collegium,” he noted.

Expressing concern over the pending cases, AG Venugopal said that 42 lakh cases were pending in the lower courts.

“How did our justice system get so bad? About 75% of the accused are in custody. Most of them can’t even afford to fight for themselves. We must take strict measures.

“At the court of first instance, out of the position of 24,000 judges, 5,000 positions are vacant. How will people get justice? “, he added.

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