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Judicial Accountability

  • IASbaba
  • June 9, 2022
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Indian Polity & Constitution
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In News: In a rare exhibition of transparency the Orissa High Court has published an annual report taking stock of its performance in a difficult year that was punctuated by the resurgence of the pandemic.

  • By subjecting itself to the scrutiny of the common citizen, the court has shown exceptional humility.
  • The report provides a district-wise breakup of cases and availability of judges.
  • It contains a section explaining the reasons for delays and backlog at the level of the district judiciary.
  • The report also sheds light on the administrative functioning of the court.

Importance of Judicial Accountability

  • Annual reports have traditionally been an important way of ensuring accountability of public bodies to Parliament and citizens.
  • Unlike the executive, the judiciary is not under any legal obligation to prepare annual reports or table them before Parliament or the state legislature.
  • Making annual reports mandatory will lead to judicial accountability to the citizens of India
  • Helps Higher judiciary to take measures to avoid delays in resolving cases, appointments of judges and administration of sub ordinate courts
  • The report helps to introspect on the challenges facing the institution.

Source: Indian Expres

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