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Change in mindset can make Indian judiciary modern and futuristic: Justice DY Chandrachud

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The Supreme Court Judge Justice DY Chandrachud on Sunday while speaking on the National Judicial Conference said that Indian judiciary continues to be ‘feudal’ and can be ‘modern and futuristic only if mindsets change’

He further added for adopting technology to modernise the judiciary and going away with the Feudal structure

Justice Chandrachud in a virtual address at the National Judicial Conference on Mediation and Information Technology said that “Few feudal practices are evident to us by the element of subordination, among them are, the District judges are made to wait when a judge of the higher court is coming to the district. Judges of the district judiciary are not allowed to sit when they talk to high court judges or even higher. These are some of the symbols of the subordination of the district judiciary,

 He also mentioned that the Inspection of districts, is the source of grave stress for the district judiciary, which can be radically changed if we allow for electronic registers for inspection by the high courts.

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While we assess the performance of judicial officers, or promotion of judges all the way across, I believe… we can do a lot to assuage the grievance, that our processes are not objective… I do believe that technology is full of untapped potential for changing the face of the Indian judiciary and for making it more modern,‘ said Justice Chandrachud.

Justice Chandrachud also spoke of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) which he said could help in ‘untangling the complexity’ of cases, and may prove to be useful in property disputes and criminal cases. He did not fail to add that ,using Artificial must not lead to complacency as such algorithms are not free of biases. Speaking on the topic he also added that judges need to independently apply their minds.

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