SC judges to evaluate judgements of addl judges for their elevation

SC judges to evaluate judgements of addl judges for their elevation

The Supreme Court's Collegium has decided that the judgements of additional judges of a High Court would be evaluated by judges of the apex court only, to decide their suitability for appointment as permanent judges.

The judgements of additional judges, who are appointed for a period of two years, were hitherto examined by a judges' committee to decide their suitability for appointment as permanent judges.

In view of a letter by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and also relying upon the principle that peer judgement is not right, the top five-judge Collegium presided over by  Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra decided that the judgements delivered by additional judges would be evaluated by a committee of two judges of the apex court, other than the consultee-judges, nominated by the CJI.

The Collegium modified its earlier decision taken on March 3, 2017 by which the chief justice of the HC concerned was to set up a judges committee for assessment and evaluation of the judgements passed by additional judges for determining their suitability for elevation. The Collegium's unanimous decision was taken on Thursday.

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