India’s higher judiciary lacks professional diversity

The Chief Justice of India NV Ramana recently asked the higher judiciary to make a contribution to ensure that when the appointment of the Chief Justice is notified, he expressed his desire to reflect the diversity of society. While disproportionate issues such as gender, class and religion are often raised, the issue of professional diversity in the high-level judicial system has not been resolved. The matter is entirely up to lawyers and judges.

Furthermore, it can pose a risk to the judicial functions of the homogeneous judicial profession. Homogeneous justice creates staff with multiple overlapping capacities to respond to different perceptions and sensitivities. These types of court systems can cause achievable damages and affect arbitration procedures.

Higher justice in India always lacks sufficient professional diversity. Of the first 25 judges appointed to the Supreme Court of India, only three had experience in subjudicial justice. In the first 40 years after independence, of all Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, only one came from a lower judicial body. In universities, its presence is virtually nominal.

However, in this case, these general figures are suitable for school records. Before the university system began, HC Executive Service Judges accounted for 18.92% of all appointments. In universities, the equivalent number is 4.41%. Also, before going to college, I had no judicial experience with just three lawyers appointed directly to the Supreme Court. Less than 30 years later, the university made five appointments.

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