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HomeBreaking News'...Lack Constitution's Understanding': Rijiju's View on Judges' Appointment | The Collegium System...

‘…Lack Constitution’s Understanding’: Rijiju’s View on Judges’ Appointment | The Collegium System Rift Explained

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Union Minister for Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju on Saturday expressed his views on the much-debated issue concerning the appointment of judges in the higher judiciary.

Speaking to Livelaw against the collegium system of appointing judges, Rijiju was of the opinion that if Judges are involved in identifying the next judges, it will definitely have an adverse impact on their duty as a judge.

Backing his statement, he further said that the collegium system has taken away the precious time of the judges of the High and supreme courts by getting them involved in an administrative jobs.

Notably, this comes at a time when the Apex Court and the Centre are at odds over how judges should be appointed.

While the government has been stressing on the need for a National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC), the Supreme Court has been relentlessly defending the present Collegium system.

But what are the two systems for the appointment of judges, and what triggered the debate? Here’s a look at it

The Collegium versus NJAC debate was reignited in November of last year when Union Minister Rijiju commented that the Collegium system of appointments was ‘opaque’ and needed to be reconsidered.

Calling the act of striking down NJAC by the SC in 2015, a disregard of the mandate of the people, Rijiju said that it’s never too late to introduce the said act in place of the collegium system which did not reflect the feelings of the people and the house.

He also pinned the blame for the huge pendency of cases in courts on the collegium system and said that the matter can only be resolved if the collegium system is struck down.

In this system of appointment, the Chief

Union Minister for Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju on Saturday expressed his views on the much-debated issue concerning the appointment of judges in the higher judiciary. Speaking to Livelaw against the collegium system of appointing judges, Rijiju was of the opinion that if Judges are involved in identifying the next judges, it will definitely have an adverse impact on their duty as a judge. The Collegium versus NJAC debate was reignited in November of last year when Union Minister Rijiju commented that the Collegium system of appointments was ‘opaque’ and needed to be reconsidered.

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