CJI Chandrachud: Patriarchal, Caste-Based Face of Legal System Must Change

20 November, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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According to Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, the judicial system's patriarchal and caste-based characteristics must reform.

Speaking during a ceremony for him after being sworn in as the 50th Chief Justice of India (CJI), DY Chandrachud emphasised that the patriarchal and caste-based nature of the judicial system must change.

The Chief Justice of India urged the top lawyers to hire junior attorneys from varied backgrounds, saying that the patriarchal and caste-based structure of the legal profession must reform.

DY Chandrachud stated that the judiciary was a reflection of the individuals who entered the legal profession decades ago, and the proportion of women in the district judiciary was now rising, in reference to the desire for more female judges and judges from various socioeconomic backgrounds.

“The legal system as it exists now is a direct reflection of how the legal system was 30 years ago. The Supreme Court is representative of the legal community forty years ago. Who joins the courts today is determined by what was going on in the legal community thirty to forty years ago. If we don’t have an equal opportunity legal profession today, not just women’s concerns but those of the marginalised group will persist “CJI, warned.

During the ceremony, representatives from the BCI, Supreme Court, and high court bars, as well as from all state bar councils, greeted the CJI with flowers, shawls, art, and mementos.

“The weight of the nation’s expectations is carried by each flower and each scarf. Only a human, I am. Your expectations are greatly influenced by the context of our membership. The preservation of the legal system will guide all I do “the CJI remarked.

Justice Chandrachud further urged “maintaining faith in the institution” of the court, especially with regard to district judges. He has also said that a lack of faith in the district judiciary is a contributing factor in the intense strain on the upper judiciary.

“The Supreme Court and the high courts are overrun with bail requests. Judges at the lower levels of the judiciary are hesitant to release prisoners on bond, which is why the higher courts are becoming overburdened. No, not because they are ignorant of the offence. They are aware of what crime is like, yet they worry that I’ll be the target of a crime tomorrow since he granted bail for a terrible crime. The CJI stated that this sense of terror is something we don’t discuss and that it “would leave grassroots courts powerless and higher courts swamped.”