Understanding People's Problems: Key to Better Judging

Chief Justice Chandrachud underscores the essence of judicial wisdom: understanding people's problems trumps legal knowledge, shaping better judges and lawyers.

In a recent felicitation event by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Chief Justice DY Chandrachud offered profound insights into judicial decision-making, stressing the significance of understanding people's problems beyond mere legal knowledge. The event, held to honor four newly appointed Supreme Court judges, provided a platform for reflections on the essence of judging and the qualities that distinguish exceptional judges.

Chief Justice Chandrachud likened judicial decision-making to riding a bicycle, where complex legal theories may fail to restore balance in moments of crisis. Instead, he emphasized the importance of a simple idea of justice rooted in an understanding of human life. He noted that while legal knowledge and the context of laws are crucial, it is the comprehension of people's struggles that truly defines exceptional judges.

The four newly elevated judges, Justices Satish Chandra Sharma, Augustine George Masih, Sandeep Mehta, and PB Varale, were lauded for their sensitivity to marginalized sections of society and their commitment to improving human lives through the law. Chief Justice Chandrachud highlighted specific judgments rendered by these judges in various high courts, showcasing their dedication to justice and social welfare.

Justice Sharma, Justice Masih, Justice Mehta, and Justice Varale each shared their unique journeys to the apex court, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to serve and contribute to the administration of justice. They underscored the importance of hard work, dedication, and a deep understanding of legal principles in their professional growth.

The event also featured remarks from Senior Advocate Sukumar Pattjoshi, Vice-President of the SCBA, and Attorney General R Venkataramani, who commended Chief Justice Chandrachud's leadership in appointing talented judges to the Supreme Court. With the appointment of these four judges, the Supreme Court is now operating at its maximum mandated strength, reflecting a diverse range of experiences and perspectives.

In his concluding remarks, Chief Justice Chandrachud reiterated the central theme of the event, emphasizing that legal power alone is insufficient for judging. He emphasized the need for judges to possess a strong desire to understand human life and empathize with people's problems. Through their commitment to justice and social welfare, the newly appointed judges exemplify the qualities necessary for effective judging in a diverse and dynamic society.

The event concluded with the felicitation of the four newly elevated judges, marking the beginning of their journey on the Supreme Court bench. As they embark on this new chapter, they carry with them the wisdom shared by Chief Justice Chandrachud and a profound commitment to serving the cause of justice and improving the lives of all citizens.