In a bid to make the judicial system more transparent, the Supreme Court will hereafter post each of its motioned decisions on its official online portal that can be accessed by the public.
This will primarily include decisions like those of transfer, appointment and rejection of judges. Falling under the SC’s Collegium system, the procedure facilitates the appointments of judges to the nation’s constitutional courts.
“Decision on uploading of Collegium’s resolutions with reasons, on each candidate for elevation as Judge of High Court, Chief Justice of High Court or as a Judge of Supreme Court or transfer on the Supreme Court’s Official Website for ensuring transparency of Collegium System, ” a resolution published on the SC portal on Tuesday, stated.
The move is historic for information such as the aforementioned has never been disclosed to the public and often faced the flak from the legal fraternity for its opaque appointment system, even within the judiciary itself.
Also, the change has been given the nod on the very day that the Collegium system was originally instated 24 years ago.
“The decisions henceforth taken by the Collegium indicating reasons shall be put on the website of Supreme Court, when recommendation(s) is/are sent to Government with regard to cases relating to initial elevation to High Court Bench, confirmation as permanent Judge(s) of High Court, elevation to the post of Chief Justice of High Court, transfer of High Court Chief Justices/Judges and elevation to Supreme Court, because on each occasion, the material which is considered by the Collegium is different,” the resolution further explained.
Currently, the Collegium is led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and has four senior-most judges of the apex court as its members— Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph.