Judg­ing ‘un­der stress’ in dig­i­tal era: SC judge

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION -

New Delhi: Judg­ing is “un­der stress” in the dig­i­tal era, Supreme Court judge A K Sikri said on 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 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.

“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 it has an in­flu­ence on how ajudge de­cides a case,” he said.

“It is not so much in the SC be­cause by the time they (judges) come to the apex court they know how the case is to be de­cided,” Jus­tice Sikri said.

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