Cross Currents-Law and More: Appointing our Judges–Forging Independence and Accountability
Appointing our Judges is an anthology of articles and papers written by judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts of India and the United Kingdom, legal practitioners and eminent jurists on the contentious issue of judicial appointments. Set in the backdrop of the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, 2014, the Constitution (99th Amendment) Act, 2014 and the subsequent plethora of petitions filed challenging its constitutionality, this book explores the pros and cons of both the collegium and the commission system of appointments of judges. Experiences from the UK with a successfully implemented Judicial Appointments Commission presents the reader with an international perspective.
This work endeavors to bring forward the larger debate on judicial appointments spanning over six decades, capturing critical developments along the way culminating in the recent Supreme Court judgment. Striking down the Constitution (99th Amendment) Act, 2014 and National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, 2014, this judgment has determined the continuing course of judicial appointments in India, the judiciary’s place in the constitutional scheme of things and its independence.