The CJI’s tenure has seen many firsts appointments to courts, more women judges and elevation of lawyers. His boldness in promoting the rule of law should also be seen in expediting adjudication of cases.
Only nine lawyers have become judges since the establishment of the Supreme Court. The practice to appoint lawyers as judges to the top court provides distinguished lawyers an opportunity to serve on the apex bench that decides the legal destiny of the people.
It is so paradoxical that the Supreme Court which always tries to keep a check over every other organ/institution/body under the Constitution has been questioned for failing to apply the same discipline to its own administrative decisions.
August 31, 2021, saw the dawn of a new era for the Indian judiciary. Three women judges, along with six male counterparts, were sworn in at the SC by CJI NV Ramana. This was significant as the representation of women in the judiciary has always been poor. By these appointments, the collegium has made a policy statement of sorts. APN news channel did an in-depth discussion on the topic of women in the judiciary, their problems and challenges. The show was moderated by Editor-in-Chief, APN, Rajshri Rai.
Asserting its primacy in judges’ appointments in the superior judiciary, the Supreme Court collegium headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana has unanimously reiterated its previous recommendations to press the appointments of 12 persons, including three judicial officers, to five High Courts —Rajasthan, Allahabad, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, and Calcutta.
The Supreme Court Collegium on 14th July, 2020 has approved the proposal for appointment of Additional Judges of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Calcutta High Court and Himachal Pradesh High Court as Permanent Judges