“Ethics, Accountability, and Technological Progress: CJI Chandrachud’s Insights at CASGC 2024”
In his keynote address at the Commonwealth Attorneys and Solicitors General Conference (CASGC) 2024, Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud, emphasized the critical role of law officers in maintaining executive accountability through ethical conduct. Reflecting on the legacy of former Attorney General (late) Soli Sorabjee, he highlighted the need for law officers to remain impartial and uphold the integrity of legal proceedings.
CJI Chandrachud also discussed the implementation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on summoning government officials to prevent arbitrary actions and cautioned against leveraging such power for political motives. The collaborative approach involving legal officers, government officials, and the judiciary, he noted, reinforces the ethical foundations of executive accountability.
The event, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, Attorney General Venkataramani, and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, focused on “Cross-Border Challenges in Justice Delivery.” CJI Chandrachud called for a paradigm shift in legal education towards practical-based approaches, advocating for initiatives like moot court competitions and internships to equip students for real-world legal practice.
Addressing equitable access to legal education, CJI emphasized a holistic approach in the admission and recruitment process, considering factors like socioeconomic background and diversity. He recognized technology as a powerful force for justice but cautioned against its misuse, urging for careful navigation to avoid perpetuating inequality.
The blog concludes with CJI Chandrachud’s vision of a future where justice knows no bounds, and the rule of law reigns supreme, underlining the significance of ethical practices, inclusive education, and responsible technological advancements in shaping the legal landscape.