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Law Comm's AP Shah weighs in on collegium debate: Fixed CJI tenure, JAC to have more judges & post-bench cooling off

The Law Commission chairman Justice AP Shah has recommended that the tenure of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) should be fixed to at least two years, and that the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) should consist of at least four judges, including the CJI as chairperson, reported The Hindu and the Indian Express.

The minimum CJI tenure should take effect after the current roster of sitting Supreme Court judges in line for the CJI post will have retired by August 2022, with Justice NV Ramana as the last CJI under the old system, recommended Shah in a note he sent to the law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Furthermore, he recommended that judges should have a three year “cooling off period” after retirement before they take up any government jobs. The JAC, apart from the four sitting Supreme Court judges, should also include the law minister, with an eminent jurist and an eminent member of civil society picked by the CJI, the prime minister and the leader of the Lok Sabha opposition.

Shah’s proposal was reportedly discussed in Monday’s meeting between the law ministry and top lawyers and retired judges.

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Like +0 Object -0 T and A 30 Jul 14, 09:37
Let Transparency and Accountability be foremost. The CJI being Chairperson and the one who picks Committee members and everything rolled into one isn't a good scheme.

The Chairperson should be drawn by other means if CJI gets to pick some Committee members. All deliberations being on record including dissent notes is key. JAC should be able to review past decisions and draw lessons learnt. No mumbo jumbo behind closed doors! Full rationale behind appointments should be disclosed to the public who are the masters that the Judiciary are servants of. (The "Lordships" forget this fact often).
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