Utopian to think justice delivery can't be challenged: CJI DY Chandrachud at International Lawyers' Conference
Sep 23, 2023
NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Saturday said it was "utopian" to think that there could ever be a day when the "delivery of justice" will not be challenged.
Addressing the inauguration of the International Lawyers' Conference 2023 in the national capital on Saturday, the CJI also underlined the "pivotal role" played by India in raising Supreme Court buildings in Mauritius and Bhutan.
The CJI, however, said it is realistic to aspire to a world where nations, institutions and, most importantly, individuals are open to engaging with each other.
"Each one of us has volumes to learn from different jurisdictions, perspectives, and most importantly each other..," CJI Justice Chandrachud said at the inauguration of the International Lawyer's Conference on Saturday.
Inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Vigyan Bhawan on Saturday, the inauguration was also attended by Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal.
He said the programme will witness the participation of distinguished judges, legal professionals, and leaders of the global legal fraternity over the next two days.
"It is utopian to think that there will be a day when we will find perfect solutions and no challenge to justice delivery. However, it is not utopian to aspire to a world where nations, institutions, and most importantly individuals are open to engaging with one another," the CJI said, adding, "India has a relatively infant law for IBC and we have drawn extensively from jurisdictions such as the UK, US, Australia, and Singapore."
Recalling a recent meeting with his Singapore counterpart and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the CJI said the work of the Supreme Court is often cited by the offices of justice overseas.
"Knowledge sharing is a two-way street," Justice Chandrachud said, adding that India "played a pivotal role in constructing" the Supreme Court buildings in Mauritius and Bhutan.
The conference aims to serve as a platform for meaningful dialogue and discussion on various legal topics of national and international importance, foster the exchange of ideas and experiences, and strengthen international cooperation and understanding of legal issues.
The conference, being organised for the first time in the country, will discuss topics such as emerging legal trends, challenges in cross-border litigation, legal technology, and environmental law, among others.
Organised by the Bar Council of India, the two-day International Lawyer's Conference 2023 is themed on ‘Emerging Challenges in Justice Delivery System'.