16 states ratify Judicial Appointments Commission Bill

Sixteen states have ratified a constitutional amendment bill which seeks to scrap the collegium system of judges appointing judges, bringing the government a step closer to put in place a new mechanism of appointments in the higher judiciary.

Scrapping of collegium system got vital push in 2014

The Law Ministry in 2014 sought an early end to the collegium system of judges appointing judges and plans to push in the new year early ratification of a bill by the states to put in place the new mechanism of selection.

Judicial accountability bill needs more consultations: Govt

A proposal seeking to change the present system of investigating complaints of misbehaviour and incapacity against judges of higher judiciary requires "further consultation", government said on Thursday, indicating that a bill in this regard may not come in the immediate future.

Cabinet okays 5 new law officers for High Courts

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved appointment of five new Additional Solicitors General in as many High Courts.

CJI wants Lok Adalats to settle at least 10 lakh cases this year

Chief Justice of India HL Dattu hoped that National Lok Adalats being held across the country on Saturday will help settle not less than 10 lakh cases.

Settlements by Lok Adalats win-win situation: Justice Dave

Out-of-court resolutions through Lok Adalats is not just inexpensive and expeditious, it's a win-win situation for the contesting parties, Justice Anil R Dave of the Supreme Court said Saturday.

Judiciary denies British-Iranian volleyball woman jailed

A top Iranian judiciary official on Monday denied that a British-Iranian woman, arrested in June after trying to attend a men`s volleyball match, had been sentenced to jail, media reported.

No complaint against judicial officer without verifiable material: SC

The Supreme Court has asked all the High Courts and subordinate judiciary not to entertain any complaint against a judicial officer unless it is accompanied by sworn affidavits and "verifiable material to substantiate the allegation".

Iran appoints acid attacks probe chief

Iran's judiciary chief has tasked his deputy to lead an investigation into several acid attacks on women that have sown fear across the Islamic republic and provoked rare protests in cities.

Iran appoints acid attacks probe chief

Iran's judiciary chief has tasked his deputy to lead an investigation into several acid attacks on women that have sown fear across the Islamic republic and provoked rare protests in cities.

Pakistan suspends channel for airing programme against judiciary

Pakistan has suspended a television channel for 15 days and imposed a fine of Rs 10 million for airing a derogatory programme against the country's judiciary, the second time this year when a major news network has been silenced by the government.

Courts need to be more accountable: Goa CM Parrikar

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the judiciary has to be more accountable because its decisions have an impact on the country's economic trajectory.

HC asks Maharashtra to frame fresh witness protection policy

The Bombay High Court has asked the Maharashtra government to frame a fresh policy by November 30 to provide protection to witnesses in the light of its observations and recommendations made by the Law Commission of India.

Govt for wider consultations on Judicial Appointments Commission

Treading cautiously, the government has decided to hold wider consultations on bringing Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) that will scrap the collegium system of appointment of judges.

Central Africa`s shattered judiciary incapable of tackling crime

The system of justice in the strife-torn Central African Republic is so battered by neglect and a funds crunch that police, prosecutors and courts are helpless in tackling "endless" atrocities.

Retired judges should not take any assignment with government: CJI RM Lodha

In a parting shot, outgoing Chief Justice of India R M Lodha today strongly defended the collegium system of appointment of judges, saying any other mode of appointment may impact on the independence of judiciary.

Uttar Pradesh: 11 trainee judicial officers face dismissal for involvement in drunken brawl

Eleven trainee judicial officers in Uttar Pradesh face dismissal from service on account of their alleged involvement in a drunken brawl at Lucknow on the day of completion of their training period last month.

Judicial independence not negotiable: Chief Justice Lodha
Judicial independence not negotiable: Chief Justice Lodha

Chief Justice RM Lodha on Saturday said that India has already arrived at a stage where nobody can tinker with the independence of the judiciary, but exhorted that to strengthen the role of law, the judiciary will have to ensure that it was completely corruption-free.

SC turns down Centre's plea not to intervene in J&K flood issue

Brushing aside Centre's stand that the judiciary should not intervene on the Jammu and Kashmir flood issue, the Supreme Court on Friday asked it to provide immediate relief to the victims and consider setting up a Unified Agency to coordinate rescue and relief work.

Anti-dowry law abused but can't suspect every complaint: Court

Abuse of anti-dowry law is repeatedly increasing but every complaint cannot be suspected, a Delhi court has observed while discharging a woman accused of subjecting her brother's wife to cruelty.