Chief Justice Emphasizes Constitutional Confidence and Tech Integration in Legal Systems

Chief Justice Emphasizes Constitutional Confidence and Tech Integration in Legal Systems
Chief Justice Emphasizes Constitutional Confidence and Tech Integration in Legal Systems
Chief Justice Emphasizes Constitutional Confidence and Tech Integration in Legal Systems
Chief Justice Emphasizes Constitutional Confidence and Tech Integration in Legal Systems

Chief Justice Emphasizes Constitutional Confidence and Tech Integration in Legal Systems

Chief Justice Emphasizes Constitutional Confidence and Tech Integration in Legal Systems

Chief Justice Emphasizes Constitutional Confidence and Tech Integration in Legal Systems

Constitutional Confidence Amid Ambiguity

Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud, during a legal conference in Bangladesh, highlighted the importance of institutions like Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Election Commission rising to the occasion in times of ambiguity and uncertainty. He emphasized that the people’s confidence in the Constitution solidifies when these institutions function effectively within constitutional limits.

Blueprints, Not Ready-Made Solutions

Chandrachud underscored the nature of constitutions as blueprints rather than detailed solutions for all contingencies. Drawing a contrast with the Income Tax Act, he expressed the responsibility to bring the Constitution to the lives of people, asserting that citizens are the source of authority. This perspective was shared at the ‘South Asian Constitutional Courts in the Twenty-First Century: Lessons from Bangladesh and India’ conference, attended by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Technology as a Bridge in Legal Systems

In his address, Chandrachud advocated for the increased use of technology in court systems, emphasizing its role in reaching out to citizens and bridging the internet divide. He urged judges and courts to proactively communicate with citizens, making legal services more accessible. The Chief Justice addressed concerns about the technology divide, asserting that in India, efforts are being made to break the divide through a substantial allocation of funds to the Indian judiciary.

India’s Technological Initiatives in Legal Framework

Chandrachud elaborated on India’s technological strides in the legal framework, including the allocation of ₹7,000 crore for a national judicial database, digital Annual Confidential Reports (ACR) for Supreme Court resources, and free access to digital Supreme Court reports globally. He outlined the establishment of ‘e-seva kendras’ in every court and judicial institution to ensure access for citizens without smartphones, further illustrating the commitment to bridging technological gaps.

In conclusion, the Chief Justice emphasized the shared tradition of constitutional and judicial stability between India and Bangladesh, recognizing their constitutions as “living documents” that evolve with societal changes.

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