Work for 200 days in a year, get the decision written on Saturday, prepare for Monday on Sunday, CJI Chandrachud told the schedule of judges
In India Today Enclave, Justice Chandrachud said that judges work seven days a week. From Monday to Friday, Supreme Court judges hear 50 to 60 cases daily. Often the decisions are reserved, so on Saturdays the judges are busy writing the decisions.
CJI DY Chandrachud explained the entire schedule of Supreme Court judges with great enthusiasm. He said that judges work for 200 days in a year. Even when he is on leave, he has points and cases related to the law in his mind. Even in leisure, he is thinking about his work only.
In India Today Enclave, Justice Chandrachud said that judges work seven days a week. From Monday to Friday, Supreme Court judges hear 50 to 60 cases daily. Often the decisions are reserved, so on Saturdays the judges are busy writing the decisions. On Sunday they prepare for Monday. The CJI then explained how Supreme Courts around the world function and how the Supreme Court of India is different from them.
Collegium is currently the best system
Chandrachud on Saturday defended the collegium system of appointing judges, saying no system is perfect, but it is the best system available with us. The collegium system has been a major bone of contention between the central government and the judiciary.
The Chief Justice said that if the judiciary has to remain independent, it has to be protected from outside influences. The purpose of making it was to secure the independence of the judiciary. If the judiciary is to be kept independent, then we have to keep the judiciary separate from outside influences. The Chief Justice also responded to Law Minister Kiren Rijiju’s unhappiness over the collegium system.
Chandrachud said what is wrong in having a difference of opinion. But I have to deal with different perceptions in the spirit of a strong constitutional vanguard. I do not want to get into these issues with the Law Minister, we are bound to hold different views. Rijiju has been quite vocal against the collegium system and has once described it as something ‘beyond the constitution’.
No one pressured the judge for 23 years
The Chief Justice said that I have been a judge for 23 years, but no one has ever told me how to decide a case. There was no pressure from the government here. The decision of the Election Commission is proof that there is no pressure on the judiciary.