Sense of compassion, empathy sustains judicial institutions: CJI Chandrachud

Chief Justice of India, D.Y. Chandrachud
Chief Justice of India, D.Y. ChandrachudANI

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India, D.Y. Chandrachud, said on Saturday that he feels what sustains judicial institutions, in the long run, is a sense of compassion, empathy and the ability to answer the plaintive cry of a citizen in the wilderness.

Speaking at a summit organised by a leading media outlet, Chandrachud said: “Technology, infrastructure, filling up vacancies... these are milestones in our mission. But above all, I think what sustains judicial institutions, in the long run, is your sense of compassion and empathy, and your ability to answer the plaintive cry of a citizen in the wilderness.”

He added that when one has the ability to hear the unheard voices in the system, and then try and see where the balance between the law and justice lies, then “you can truly perform your mission as a judge”.

Citing the colonial era, he said sometimes law and justice don’t necessarily follow the same linear trajectory.

“We know how in colonial times the same law as it exists in the statute books today was used as an instrument of oppression,” he said.

The CJI added, “So how do we, as citizens, ensure that the law becomes an instrument of justice and not an instrument of oppression? I think the key is the way in which we handle the law, which includes all decision makers and not just judges.”

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