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Chief Justice-in-Waiting UU Lalit reveals his plan to increase productivity through limited resources

Justice UU Lalit, who would succeed NV Ramana as Chief Justice of India, said he will concentrate on the administrative side.

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: On Monday, August 15, Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, who would succeed NV Ramana as next Chief Justice of India, stated that he would concentrate on the administrative side in order to “maximise productivity through the limited resources.”

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He said that it can be done by clubbing cases and listing matters that can be a model for others—”which are capable of disposing of many pending matters in the lower authorities,” he said.

Giving an example, he said, if there is an issue on income tax matters which the top court is considering—an issue that can recur repeatedly—”then the sooner you dispose of the matter, the better, because the pending matters in the high court will also be disposed of then.”

The second is that the Supreme Court’s role is to establish law and interpret the Constitution.

Asked about the ongoing debate on the Chief Justice as the master of the roster, Justice Lalit said while there is a broad outline about the Chief Justice fixing the roster, individual cases can be done on an objective basis. The Chief Justice can focus on fixing benches, forming constitution benches and listing relevant matters before them.

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On August 27, Justice Ramana will retire, and Justice Lalit will succeed him. His term will be 74 days long. He had previously stated that he would prefer to implement fair procedures in court that considered everyone’s input.

 

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