Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud Advocates Equitable Tech Integration: Technology as a Force for Justice at CLEA Conference
New Delhi, 03-02-2024 : Chief Justice of India, D Y Chandrachud, expressed the transformative role of technology in the pursuit of justice during his address at the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) – Commonwealth Attorneys and Solicitors General Conference. Emphasizing the need for technological solutions to prioritize equity and inclusivity, he underscored the delicate balance required to navigate the integration of technology in the legal system.
Justice Chandrachud called for a shared commitment to justice, urging law officers to maintain dignity in courts and uphold the integrity of legal proceedings despite the ever-changing political landscape. Acknowledging the intersection of tradition and innovation, he hailed technology as a powerful force for justice while cautioning against exacerbating existing societal hierarchies.
The Chief Justice discussed the importance of modernizing courtrooms and infrastructure to enhance transparency and accountability. He referenced the e-Courts project, aiming to leverage technology for improved access to justice. However, he stressed the imperative of designing technological solutions with an awareness of the diverse needs and capabilities of all stakeholders.
Addressing recent initiatives, Justice Chandrachud highlighted the implementation of a standard operating procedure guiding courts in summoning government officials. This measure ensures a code of ethics is followed in summoning officials, preventing arbitrary actions and discouraging the misuse of power for political pressure.
He emphasized the collaborative approach involving legal officers, government officials, and the judiciary to reinforce ethical standards and executive accountability. The CJI praised the conference as a strategic alliance toward fortifying institutional capacity and fostering collaboration among justice administration officers globally.
In the rapidly evolving world, the CJI stressed the urgency of fortifying institutional capacity to address pressing global challenges. He highlighted the significance of global collaboration and trust-building to address cross-border challenges to justice delivery, linking it to the universal call to action in sustainable development goals.
Justice Chandrachud also delved into the evolving trends in legal education, including the integration of technology and interdisciplinary studies. While acknowledging the exciting opportunities for innovation and collaboration, he emphasized the need to ensure equitable access to legal education, advocating for fair and transparent admissions processes that consider socioeconomic background, diversity, and life experiences.
In concluding remarks, the CJI highlighted the pivotal role of law officers in upholding ethics in legal practice, emphasizing their responsibility as representatives of the government and officers of the court. Justice Surya Kant, speaking at the occasion, echoed the importance of substantive discussions on legal issues and promoting mutual understanding among Commonwealth nations for the evolution of legal education and justice systems.