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Fostering an Independent Bar

Even as debates rage over the threats to the independence of the judiciary, it is necessary to focus on the other institution keeping the judicial system going—the bar—specifically that part of the legal profession which largely practises in the courts. The bar being the source of appointments to judges at the high court and who then go on to become Supreme Court judges, concerns have recently emerged on its independence as well.

At a recent seminar on the Judicial Appointments and Reforms,1 senior advocate Aditya Sondhi linked the independence of the judiciary to the independence of the bar. He said,

There is an increasing impression being created, and I can perceive it, that if a lawyer ... wants to be on the bench, they have to toe the line. If that is the sine qua non for levation, then what is the independence? (Sharma 2023)

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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