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Guest Lecture by Justice P. S. Narayana


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    Resource person – Justice P S Narayana

    Date – 04/02/2015

    On feb 04 Justice P S Narayana delivered lecture on Independence of Judiciary.

    Dr. Sukhvinder Singh Dari, Deputy Director Delivered Welcome addresses and felicitated Justice P S Narayana.

    Justice Narayana in his lecture added that Judges have the ultimate responsibility for decisions regarding freedoms, rights and duties of natural and legal persons within their jurisdiction. The independence of each individual judge safeguards every person’s right to have their case decided solely on the basis of the law, the evidence and facts, without any improper influence. A well-functioning, efficient and independent judiciary is an essential requirement for a fair, consistent and neutral administration of justice. Consequently, judicial independence is an indispensable element of the right to due process, the rule of law and democracy.

    The separation of powers is a fundamental guarantee of the independence of the judiciary. In the decision-making process, judges should have freedom to decide cases impartially, in accordance with their interpretation of the law and the facts. They should be able to act without any restriction or improper influence. Direct or indirect pressure, threats or interferences, should not come from any quarter or for any reason.

    The principle of independence of the judiciary has been laid down in various human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 10) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 14). There are also a number of UN standards, in particular the Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985 and the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct of 2002. 

    Dr. P B Shanker rao Adjunct Fcaulty Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad proposed vote of thanks.