SIKRI: JUDG­ING STRESS­FUL IN DIG­I­TAL ERA

The Asian Age - - Nation -

New Delhi, Feb. 10: Judg­ing is “un­der stress” in the dig­i­tal era, a Supreme Court judge said Sun­day, lament­ing that even be­fore a case is taken up by the court, people start dis­cussing on so­cial me­dia what the out­come “should be” which has an in­flu­ence on the judges. Talk­ing on“Free­dom of press in the dig­i­tal age” at the first Law As­so­ci­a­tion For Asia and the Pa­cific ( LAWASIA) con­fer­ence, Jus­tice A. K. Sikri said the free­dom of press is chang­ing the par­a­digm of civil and hu­man rights and the cur­rent pat­tern of me­dia tri­als is an ex­am­ple of it. “Me­dia tri­als were there ear­lier also. But to­day what is hap­pen­ing is that when an is­sue is raised, a pe­ti­tion is filed, ( and) even be­fore it is taken up by the court, people start dis­cussing what should be the out­come. Not what ‘ is’ the out­come, ( but) what ‘ should be’ the out­come. And let me tell you from my ex­pe­ri­ence here that it has an in­flu­ence on how a judge de­cides a case. “It is not so much in the Supreme Court be­cause by the time they come to the apex court they are quite ma­tured and they know how the case is to be de­cided on the ba­sis of law ir­re­spec­tive of what is hap­pen­ing in the me­dia. To­day judg­ing is un­der stress,” he said.

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