It is not right to compare judges with God, CJI’s big statement on court and justice

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The CJI said that very often, we are addressed as Honour or Lordship or Ladyship. There is a great danger when people say that the court is a temple of justice. Addressing the regional conference of the National Judicial Academy in Kolkata on Saturday morning, CJI Chandrachud said, it is a serious danger that we consider ourselves as deities in those temples.

Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud today (June 29) said that the trend of comparing judges to God in India is dangerous as the job of judges is to serve the public interest. The CJI said that he feels reluctant when he is told that the court is a temple of justice because the temple believes that judges are in the status of deities.

The CJI said that very often, we are addressed as Honour or Lordship or Ladyship. There is a great danger when people say that the court is a temple of justice. Addressing the regional conference of the National Judicial Academy in Kolkata on Saturday morning, CJI Chandrachud said, “It is a serious danger that we consider ourselves as deities in those temples. I would like to re-establish the role of the judge as the server of the people. And when you consider yourself as people who are there to serve others, you bring in compassion, empathy, the notion of doing justice but not of judging others.”

He said that even while pronouncing a sentence in a criminal case, the judge does so with a sense of compassion because ultimately the punishment is given to a human being. Addressing a conference on contemporary judicial development in Kolkata, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said that the word contemporary is very important because it does not talk about the work we do in the abstract but in the context of contemporary society.

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