There is an extremely strong case for urgent and far reaching reforms in our judiciary. In the first three decades of our democracy, most people reposed their faith in the political class to govern them wisely to ensure freedom and justice to all. However, over the last 3 decades, the political class has become mired in corruption and has become the object of scorn and ridicule. The public now relies heavily upon the higher judiciary as the last bastion against excesses of authority and abuse of powers of the executive. To many citizens, the courts remain the last vision of hope for ensuring probity, efficiency and impartiality in administration and for delivery of justice to all. However the judiciary today is collapsing under its own weight and under the burden of pending cases. Serious questions are now being raised about integrity, efficiency and competence of our justice delivery system. If urgent reforms are not implemented, then it threatens to endanger not just the precincts of our civil society and its orderly functioning, but also poses the gravest danger of plunging the future of our republic into anarchy and chaos.
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