Jurists call for all-out effort to reform judicial system



Chandigarh: Mooting a joint all-out effort by stakeholders for judicial reforms, eminent jusrists from various countries on Sunday called for steps to check corruption and bring greater accountability in judiciary.

Reforms cannot be brought single-handedly, Chief Justice of Maldives Justice Abdulla Saeed said at the two-day international conference of jurists on judicial reforms.

Referring to the recent judicial reforms introduced in Maldives, Justice Saeed said the Supreme Court in his country came into existence only in 2008, replacing the Judicial Council, thereby giving complete control of the justice system to the judiciary.

Justice Shamsuddin Choudhary, Judge of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, said that justice for all, particularly common people, can only be achieved through judicial activism.

The Bench and the Bar together form a mighty force, which was amply proved when this combination brought down the "despotic rule" of General Parvez Musharraf in Pakistan, he said.

Choudhary also called for more cooperation in the field among the countries of the SAARC region, since "we have common problems" and should address them from a common platform.

Justice Avdhesh Kumar Yadav, Judge of the Supreme Court of Nepal, raised the issue of corruption and said that no reform can be complete unless this issue is tackled.

"Corruption was a common problem in the SAARC region." he said.

PTI