How Livestreaming Enabled More Female Lawyers to Participate, Says CJI Chandrachud

India’s Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said on Saturday that the livestream enabled more female lawyers to be productive. “During the pandemic, when we opened video conferencing, many women lawyers were able to appear. Live streaming empowers women lawyers to be productive,” CJI said.

Sharing his observations on gender diversity in the judiciary, CJI Chandrachud said: “The supply pool that determines who enters the judiciary largely depends on the structure of the legal profession, which is feudal, patriarchal and does not welcome women.”

He added: “Throughout India, the structure of the legal profession is feudal. Need a democratized, merit-based entry for women.”

The CJI then asked, “How do we define merit? We need to take a very hard look at how we think about merit and how we think about diversity. Why do we need female judges in the judiciary?”

Justice Chandrachud, who was part of several landmark Constitution benches and Supreme Court verdicts, was recently sworn in as India’s 50th Chief Justice, taking his father’s place 44 years after he became the highest judge in the land.

President Draupadi Murmu swore in Justice Chandrachud, the longest serving Supreme Court justice who has been involved in landmark judgments like on the Ayodhya issue which paved the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the site of Uttar Pradesh and Right to Privacy, during a brief ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Judge Chandracud was sworn in English and in the name of God.

Justice Chandrachud, often referred to as DYC in legal circles and known for giving the law a human face, began his first day as CJI garlanding the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Supreme Court premises.

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