PSC suggests transparency in appointments, minimum tenure for Chief Justices, increase of retirement age and more representation of women.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee has tabled its 87th report on ‘Inordinate Delay in Filling up the Vacancies in the Court and High Courts’ before both houses of Parliament, which points finger at the Judiciary for distorting the original mandate of the Constitution, and has urged the government to take appropriate measures for restoring it.
The committee further suggested that the cases involving the interpretation of the Constitution should not be heard by a bench of less than seven judges. It also expressed concern about the present stand-off over the finalisation of Memorandum of Procedure between the Executive and the Judiciary, which is leading to delay in filling the vacancies in the Constitutional courts and is adversely affecting administration of justice.
The following are the important recommendations/observations made by the committee:
The Department of Justice should consider ways so that a Chief Justice in the High Courts and in the Supreme Court remains in position for a certain minimum tenure.
Read the report here.