Friday, February 05, 2010

Convention on Judicial Accountability and Reform

The Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reform is organising the 3RD NATIONAL CONVENTION on February 6 and 7 at the Main Auditorium, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi. The following is the programme on Feb.6:

AGENDA

9:30am.
Registration and Tea

Facilitator for the day – Mr. Indu Prakash Singh, Technical Advisor, Urban Poverty and Gender, Indo Global Social Service Society

INAUGURAL SESSION
10a.m. – 10:30a.m.
Welcome and Status report on the Campaign
Mr. Prashant Bhushan
Advovate & Convenor
Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reform

SESSION 1 : JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS – 1
Moderator – Mr. Prashant Bhushan
10:30a.m. – 10:50a.m.
An Overview of the problems with the current system of Judicial Appointments
Mr. Anil Divan
Senior Advocate
Supreme Court of India
10:50a.m. – 11:10a.m.
The Justice P.D. Dinakaran controversy – A case study
Mr. Prashant Bhushan
Advocate & Convenor
Campaign for Judicial Accountability & Reform
11:10a.m. – 11:30a.m.
A Breach of Trust
Prof. Upendra Baxi
Former Vice Chancellor, Delhi University
11:30a.m. – 11:45a.m.
Open Disucssion
11:45a.m. – 12p.m.
TEA BREAK

SESSION 2 : JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS II
Moderator: Mr. Prashant Bhushan
12p.m. – 12:20p.m.

Mr. A.B. Bardhan
General Secretary
Community Party of India
12:20p.m.-12:40p.m.

Mr. Kanak Tiwari
Senior Advocate
Chhattisgarh
12:40pm. – 1p.m.
A glimpse of best practices in Judicial Appointments in Select Countries
Indira Unninayar
Advocate, Supreme Court of India
1p.m. – 1:15p.m.
Open Discussion
1:15p.m. – 2p.m.

LUNCH BREAK

SESSION 3 : COMPLAINTS AGAINST JUDGES AND REMOVAL
Moderator: Mr. Prashant Kumar
Advocate, SC & Vice President, Law Asia
2p.m. – 2:20p.m.

Justice J. S. Verma
Former, Chief Justice of India
2:20p.m. – 2:40p.m.

Mr. Shanti Bhushan
Senior Advocate
Supreme Court of India
2:40pm. – 3p.m.

Mr. Arun Jaitley
Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha
3p.m. – 3:15p.m.
Open Discussion
3:15p.m. – 3:30p.m.

TEA BREAK

SESSION 4 : THE JUDICIARY AND PUBLIC DISCOURSE

Moderator: Mr. Manoj Mitta
Senior Editor, Times of India
3:30p.m. – 3:50p.m.
Reforming “Contempt of Court”
Manoj Mitta
Senior Editor, Times of India
3:50p.m. – 4:10p.m.
Right to Information and the Judiciary
Arvind Kejriwal
RTI Activist, Parivartan
4:10p.m. – 4:30p.m.
In search for Transparency and Accountability in the Judiciary
Nikhil Dey
RTI Activist
4:30p.m. – 4:50p.m.

Mr. Colin Gonsalves
Advocate, Supreme Court & Director, Human Rights Law Network
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