CJI DY Chandrachud Emphasizes Judges Are Not Princes or Sovereigns, Advocates for Transparency in Judgements

Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud, made a profound statement at the J-20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stressing that judges are neither princes nor sovereigns and should not act as such in their judicial capacities. His remarks came during a session focused on the integration of technology in judicial systems and the importance of transparency in the legal process.

Justice Chandrachud highlighted the essential role of judges in delivering justice and the significant impact their decisions can have on individual lives. He asserted that it is crucial for the judicial process to be transparent, ensuring that decisions are not only fair but also understandable to the public and legal scholars alike.

“Judges, as public officials tasked with the administration of justice, are neither princes nor sovereigns. The nature of our duties makes it imperative for us to conduct our responsibilities with the utmost transparency and to provide clear explanations for our decisions,” said CJI Chandrachud. He underscored the importance of making judicial decisions understandable and relatable, thereby fostering a more inclusive legal system.

During his speech, CJI Chandrachud also addressed the evolving role of technology in judiciary systems. He remarked on how technology has fundamentally changed the dynamics between justice and society. The Chief Justice pointed out that over seven hundred thousand cases have been heard via video conferencing, with many significant constitutional matters being live-streamed on platforms like YouTube, enhancing transparency and public access to court proceedings.

The J-20 Summit, held this year by the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, serves as a forum for the chief justices of the constitutional courts from G-20 member countries. The summit provides a platform for discussing the challenges and advancements in the global judicial landscape, particularly in terms of technological integration and judicial transparency.

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CJI Chandrachud’s comments come at a time when the judicial use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot topic. He stressed that while AI can aid in decision-making, it is essential that each decision is well-explained and justified to maintain public trust and the integrity of the judicial process.

The J-20 group, consisting of members from the African Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Spain, focuses on enhancing cooperation and sharing best practices among the world’s leading judicial systems.

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