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  1. 1. …because everyone is Equal before the Law yobjectives promoting: CJAR works so that grassroots pressure comes to bear on Judicial Accountability & Reforms the authorities for implementing the needed reforms that will positively impact: • Making courts informal and accessible • Appointment of Judges and Judicial Accountability • Seeking transparency and information about appointments and transfers of judges • Access to the Judicial System and Delay in Justice • Demanding amendment of the Contempt of Courts Act • Values and Attitude of the Judiciary towards the Poor • Seeking asset declaration of judges yissues • Increasing the strength of the judges to ensure timely Challenging: and speedy adjudication of cases Corruption, Immunity & Contempt • Demanding an independent commission with The course of justice is often perverted by corruption disciplinary powers over the judges within the judiciary and indeed within the entire system of The Campaign for Judicial • Demanding removal of restriction on FIRs against the administration of justice. This is exacerbated by Accountability & Judicial Reforms judges (CJAR) is a response of people’s movements, • The total lack of accountability of the higher • Exposing and challenging corrupt judges and organizations and individuals working on public judiciary including the lack of any effective judgements interest issues to a judicial system that has become disciplinary mechanism unaccountable, inaccessible and insensitive to the poor. • Video recording of proceedings & video graphing of • The self acquired protection from even being records investigated for criminal offences The Indian Judiciary plays an increasingly important role • The virtual immunity from public criticism due to the in the life and the governance of this country. However, law of contempt, and finally anyone who has any experience of the courts is aware of the serious problems that beset the judicial system. The • The immunity from public scrutiny by another judicially issue of judicial reforms has thus far been discussed in created insulation from the Right to Information Act. only elite legal/judicial circles or among various official commissions and committees of the government. For combatting: Anti-poor Bias some time now there has been an increasing realization The judicial system is increasingly used by the ruling that the common people of this country who are the real establishment for pushing through neo-liberal policies by stakeholders of the system need to get involved in this which resources such as land, water and public spaces issue. Indeed it is they who must put pressure on the left with the poor are being increasingly appropriated by authorities to make them change the system so that it the rich and the powerful. This elitist and anti-poor bias serves their needs. makes the judicial system an instrument for protecting and furthering the interest of the rich and powerful, both Indian and foreign. Corruption contempt Immunity reforms values attitude
  2. 2. yactivities Ca m pa ignCJAR organises meetings, seminars and other activities toinvolve, inform and organise people and organisations inthe campaign for judicial accountability and judicial reforms. f orIt runs a website dedicated to furthering this campaign. J u dici a lThere is little or no scrutiny of judges in India and peopleare wary of commenting on judgments. The social attitudesand orientation of judges of the Supreme Court must Accoun ta bi lit ybe conveyed to the public to create awareness of whatindividual judges stand for. Judges must realize that whatthey write will not be lost in a labyrinth of law journals—theymust see that the people are scrutinizing them and theirjudgments carefully. Keeping this in mind, the Campaign & J u dici a lundertakes the following main activities and propagatesthem through its website, www.judicialreforms.org ysubmitting information The campaign welcomes well researched information R e f o r m sJudge Watch concerning judges and judgements from any court. It isThe Judge Watch section aims to collect and disseminate prerequisite to submit all relevant documents, which wouldinformation / analysis regarding any misconduct by a then be analysed by the Campaign Committee in terms of both the seriousness of the charge as well whether thejudge as well as anything showing the anti-poor bias of charges are adequately supported by documentary evidence.a judge. It seeks to ‘watch’ the judges and expose their On this basis the campaign committee will decide whetherbiases and any corrupt and arbitrary practices. the complaint should be put on website against the judges or whether any action needs to be taken on the complaint by thejudgement watch Campaign Committee. While we cannot promise that everyThis section is devoted to critiquing, exposing and challenging dossier sent will be uploaded on the website or made publicthe elitist and anti-poor bias of the judiciary and its judgements. immediately, we certainly do invite participation from all those interested in working for a judicial system which will serveThe campaign will profile Supreme Court and High Court the needs of the majority of toiling people in our country. InJudgements and share important decisions having social keeping with its aim of working for a better judicial system, asrepercussions along with a critique of the judgment. against sensationalism, the Campaign will take due care not to endorse any frivolous charges meant to harass or defame anyjudicial reforms members of the judiciary or to mislead the general public.The current judicial system needs to be cleared ofprocedural complexities and hurdles to make it accessible To send in information, receive updates or joinfor the common citizens. It must be strengthened to deliver the Campaign contact:justice quickly, efficiently and honestly. This section makes National Secretariataccessible updates on various laws and policies (existing 14, Supreme Enclave, Tower No. 2, Mayur Viharand proposed) and an analysis of the same. Phase – 1, New Delhi 110 091 Tel: 91-11-22756796 accountability judicialreforms@gmail.com …because everyone is Equal before the Law justice www.judicialreforms.org