Judicial delays: Understanding the system before fixing it

On 18 March, at a discussion organised by Daksh India, Nick Robinson from the Harvard Law School explored in detail the phenomenon of judicial delays, sharing insights from his work in both India and the US. Pavan Kulkarni summarises the points raised.

Law and Order Justice

CAG report on Odisha: Will legislators take note please?
As Parliament debates the amended land acquisition and mining laws, Himanshu Upadhyaya draws attention to the report of an audit of Odisha’s resettlement and rehabilitation policy that clearly highlights the threats to displaced communities.
Government Displacement Land

Why the land acquisition law is a threat to several others
The government’s push to the amended land acquisition law overlooks provisions in other acts that address closely related issues such as food security and conservation of biodiversity, writes Shalini Bhutani.
Food Security Bio Diversity Government Land

Does the government really want to protect whistleblowers?
Around 40 RTI activists in the country have been killed in recent years, several of them after the passage of the Whistleblowers Protection Act. Satarupa Sen Bhattacharya explores why the latter law has been unable to achieve its stated objective.
Law and Order Government Right To Info

The role of data in judicial reform
It is commonplace to cite the number of cases pending in Indian courts as evidence of a judicial crisis and suggest reforms based on the same. Aparna Chandra highlights why the numbers themselves need to be questioned and understood better for effective reform.
Opinions Justice

When people are merely roadblocks
A series of recent executive orders, amendments to law and ministerial directives either seek to curtail avenues of public participation and consent over projects of critical impact, or do away with them altogether. Kanchi Kohli tracks the trend.
Government Environmental Law and Regulation

Missing: Intellectual Property Rights with a social lens
The Modi government has moved fast and furious on charting a new policy regarding intellectual property rights; Shalini Bhutani’s recap of recent developments shows that much of it has been with an overt focus on industry, rather than innovation in general.
Trade Government

What the new processes mean for the dispossessed
The recently promulgated ordinance amending the national law related to land acquisition dilutes several clauses of the earlier legislation that were meant to protect the rights of holders. Kanchi Kohli summarises the key changes brought in by the ordinance.
Government Displacement Land

SC verdict puts the spotlight on Bangla immigrants in Assam
Should foreign immigrants in Assam enjoy Indian citizenship as outlined by the Assam Accord and endorsed by Section 6A of the Citizenship Act? Or do they pose a threat to constitutional sovereignty and integrity? Tanvi Bhatikar reports on a recent court ruling that focuses on these questions.
Government ASSAM Human Rights

How to avert the dangers of being an Internet user
A recent UGC-sponsored seminar on the incidence of cyber crime, hosted in Kolkata, drew attention to the safeguards to be adopted as also the right procedure to be followed in order to obtain redress. Amrita Mukherjee reports.
Law and Order Media Society Women

Why Raghuram Rajan has lost patience with defaulting promoters
“We need a change in mind set, where the wilful or non-cooperative defaulter is not lionized as a captain of industry, but justly chastised as a freeloader on the hardworking people of this country,” said the RBI governor in his recent lecture at IRMA, Anand. An unedited transcript of his speech:
Public Funds Economy

Crying out for clarity
The e-commerce space in India has been growing in leaps and bounds but inchoate rules and dated laws have created ‘grey areas’ that need to be cleared at the earliest. Akshatha M outlines the key issues in the debate.
Trade Economy Government

Who will lead the anti-corruption agenda in the health sector?
The conduct of election of members to the Medical Council of India in 2013 and its subsequent actions over the past year have underlined the brazen corruption in the regulatory body. Developments in the health ministry raise doubts over whether these issues will be tackled at all. A round up:
Law and Order Health Laws and Governance Education Government

Judicial delays: Understanding the system before fixing it
Can a court order end passive violence?
Will the government heed calls to save rural jobs?
An old policy Modi must hold on to
The laws we forgot we had
Why a depoliticised police force is a distant dream
What good is an auditor without information?
How the latest changes to our Constitution will impact the judiciary
All set to lose out on the gains?
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
There’s always one to clear your mess!
Removal of Governors: What does the law say?
Facebook arrests: Could you be next in line?
Mullaperiyar: Is the light in the tunnel itself?
Penalties rare for Togadias and Masoods, but mileage aplenty
How well do you know your MPs, Kolkata?
How can our lower courts work better?
CIC: Delaying complaints against delays!
Pragmatism over principles is the norm today: Usha Ramanathan
What has your MP done for you?
New body should have better pay, more autonomy
Left to languish in a foreign country
2011 to 2013: What has changed in the Lokpal Bill?
SC judgment: The gaps in logic
"Compelling citizens to take an Aadhaar card is unconstitutional"
One Person Companies: Speed without effective brakes?
One hand gives, the other takes away!
Helping businesses help society
'Courting' controversy
National Water Law needed, but not this!
A raw deal for consumers
GM Crops: Can India follow the Philippines example?
Court battle likely after CIC's RTI ruling
Big Brother watching you, but who watches him?
Social justice: What two key Bills propose
Anti-rape law: Can India get it right?
Neglecting children a blunder: Sen
Verma Committee: Key recommendations
At your service, electronically
Rightfully hers
Regulating small loans
What amendments did the Lok Sabha make?
Protecting the truth-tellers
One acre forward, two back
What powers must the Lokpal have?
Is 'contempt of court' blocking justice?
Mining vs. Communities
Righting the wrongs in divorce law
Kashmiri identity and the onslaught on women
Women’s reservation Bill – the 2010 story
Meandering an important course
Abortion law's grey zone: retarded mothers
One-third of the lawmakers
Life sentences: How long is enough?
New rules for seizing land
Regulating domestic work
Fit to drive
Should the RTI Act be extended to bourses?
Guarding the guardians
Right to displace, but no duty to rehabilitate
Parents and Senior Citizens Bill, 2007
Microfinance Bill
Sarkar-approved contributions only
Cooperatives Bill
An entitlement with no law
Move to amend tribal land law dangerous
Immoral Traffic (Amendment) Bill
State-owned carriage only
Say no to the new iron curtains
Acquiring offices for profits
Sound and fury over the Broadcast Bill
Seeds Bill 2004
No need to amend the 'Office of profit' law
STs (Recognition of forest rights) bill
Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill
Food Safety and Standards Bill, 2005
Parliament, Winter 2005 session
Pension Fund Bill, 2005
Mental health care needs help
More teeth in new RTI legislation
Bhakra dam, Supreme Court, questions
Divided by - and in - class
Food safety bill may hurt hawkers
The Lokpal cycle
Central RTI law: some shine, still shackled
Too little for the little ones
RTI ball in Centre's court
Entitling 40 million rural workers
"The current law is unacceptable"
Updates on our forests
Sentenced to die, non-unanimously
Supreme Court sets deadline on FOI law
Geographical indications in jeopardy
An impacted assessment process
Misuse of 498A - much ado about nothing?
Criminal justice system "reforms" - II
Stemming campus violence
Criminal justice system "reforms"
Noise and the law
Rape and Delhi's urban environment
Curtail autocratic party bosses
Contemptible, but true
Protecting farmers, freeing the breeders
Legislature and Judiciary: The balance
Legislate, then contradict
Mangalore airport : Runaway runway?
Elections : Disclosures now Mandatory
Their lands and our laws
Urban Water: Judicial recipes falling short
To right the wrongs of development

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