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Collegium system to tackle judges shortage
Published on 24 Oct. 2009 10:37 PM IST
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The government on Saturday said that the present collegium system of appointment of judges to the higher judiciary was coming in its way to overcome the shortage of judges and suggested involvement of executive and legislature to hunt for the best talent. “The increased numbers of members of collegiums has made the consultation process cumbersome and hence there is a delay in the selection and elevation of judges,” said the Vision Statement presented to Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan by Law Minister M Veerappa Moily here. The Vision Statement comes just days after Moily had said “may be, we have to revisit the procedure” on the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, reported ZeeNews. It said the collegium system was particularly hindering the process of appointment of judges in cases of deadlock as there are no guidelines to handle such situations. “There are no guidelines dealing with situations of a deadlock or lack of consensus among the members of the collegium, or dealing with situations where the majority members of the collegium disagree with the CJI,” the document said. The document suggested that there should be “lucid and comprehensive guidelines which the collegium should follow in the matter of selection of judges”. It expressed hope that the executive and legislature will take initiative in recommending the best possible talent for selection to the judiciary. The collegium should be given a time line to clear the backlog in vacancies, the document said. The government and the collegium should work hand in hand while appointing judges so that the difference between the two does not lead to delay in appointment, it said. The government should also be given the power to suggest outstanding lawyers and jurists as judges, it added.

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