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Instant justice can never yield desired results: Justice Bobde

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 21 - Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde of the Supreme Court of India today said the concept of �instant justice� can never yield the desired results and that the perception had led to worst kind of regimes.

Justice Bobde said that one of the reasons behind negative perception is that �judgments and decisions� are delayed, but this must be put in proper perspective.

�The judge-population ratio as on date is 20 per 10 lakh population, whereas in some countries the ratio is 80 per 10 lakh people. Nobody wants undue delay but one must understand that justice takes time. There should not be undue haste or delay in the justice delivery mechanism, which is the key here,� Justice Bobde said.

�The ratio of judges compared to the litigations filed is another aspect that one needs to bear in mind,� he said while speaking at a national conclave on �Challenges Facing the Judiciary � Roadmap for the Future� organised by the Gauhati High Court.

On whether social media is affecting the administration of justice, Bobde said that judges should definitely participate in social media, since it is important to know what the people think as we work for the people. They, however, should refrain from getting engaged or embroiled in social media platforms. There is no sense in cutting oneself from what is said in social media. �Unnecessary and unwanted comments adversely affect the performance of the judges,� he said.

Bobde also said the tendency of vested-interest circles to attribute motives to Judges affects the administration of justice and so there is a need to explore the idea of introducing a mechanism for the judges to respond to such unwarranted claims.

He also vouched for the idea of assessing psychological profile of judges before recruiting them, which would go a long way in ascertaining the nature of cases they would be better-placed to deal.

Earlier in the day, various issues concerning judiciary, including introduction of pre-litigation mediation, facilitate better rapport between the Bar and the Bench, live streaming of court proceedings and introduction of artificial intelligence were deliberated upon.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Chief Justice (acting) of Gauhati High Court Arup Kumar Goswami were also present in the conclave, among others.

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