Sunday, July 21, 2013

When we got you more cases, why aren't you giving us more judge posts? Women lawyers seek 33% reserv ation for women in higher judiciary.

In letter to CJI, women lawyers seek judicial quota


Chennai: A couple of days after new Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam opined that more women judges must be accommodated at all levels in the judiciary, the Women Lawyers' Association (WLA) has sought 33% reservation for women in higher judiciary. 

    The association pointed out that though more than 1,000 women lawyers practise in Chennai alone, the Madras high court had only two women judges directly elevated from the Bar, and adopted a resolution urging the new CJI to ensure proportional representation of women advocates in the judiciary. Bracketing it with the positive discrimination meant to benefit SC/ST, minorities and other backward classes, the resolution said reserving a certain percentageof vacanciesin thehigher judiciary for women was a reasonable classification, said WLA presidentDPrasanna. 

    Though the Madras HC at present has seven women judges, only two had been chosen from the Bar, while the remaining had been elevated from the subordinate judiciary, said V Nalini, WLA vice-president.