Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Sunday said the judiciary’s ability to remain relevant as an institution needs to recognize challenges and initiate “difficult conversations”. The CJI highlighted issues like “adjournment culture” and long holidays. He also stressed on increasing representation of marginalized sections and providing equal opportunities to first generation lawyers.
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The CJI was speaking at a function organized by the Supreme Court to mark the inauguration of the Diamond Jubilee of the establishment of the Supreme Court in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief guest on this occasion. The CJI also highlighted the demographic changes taking place in India and said women, traditionally under-represented in the legal profession, now constitute 36.3 per cent of the working strength of the district judiciary.
‘Focused on marginalized sections’
Calling it an “important occasion” in the country’s history, CJI Chandrachud said that women can now be seen in important positions in India. “The focus has been on greater inclusion of the marginalized sections of the society. The confidence of the young population to succeed in their professional lives is equally inspiring,” he said. The Supreme Court of India came into existence on January 28, 1950. It initially functioned from the Parliament House before being shifted to the present building here.