Over the past year, Chief Justice DY Chandrachud has implemented several significant changes to improve the functioning of the court system. These changes include making court premises more inclusive and accessible, introducing a hybrid hearing system, providing accessibility to judgments in regional languages, and combating gender stereotypes in judicial discourse.
One of the key initiatives undertaken by the Chief Justice is the launch of a “Handbook on Combating Gender Stereotypes.” This handbook aims to eradicate gender cliches from judicial discourse and promote a gender-just legal order. The Supreme Court has taken the lead in this effort by ensuring the inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ community within the court complex. Universal restrooms have been created, and the online appearance portal has been made gender neutral. Additionally, sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators have been installed in all ladies’ washrooms within the judicial complex.
The Chief Justice has also focused on making the court system more user-friendly. This includes the introduction of a hybrid hearing system and the upgrading of the Integrated Case Management System (ICMIS). These measures aim to streamline the legal process and improve efficiency.
Furthermore, Chief Justice DY Chandrachud has prioritized personal liberty by directing the listing of 10 transfer petitions and bail applications before each court every day. This ensures that cases are heard promptly and justice is delivered in a timely manner.
To enhance accessibility for visitors and the general public, a Su-Swagatam portal has been launched. This portal allows for the creation of an e-entry pass, making it easier for people to access the court premises.
Efforts have also been made to address vacancies and strengthen the staff at the top court. This includes conducting open examinations, departmental tests, deputations, and compassionate appointments to fill up the vacancies.
Overall, Chief Justice DY Chandrachud has implemented significant changes to improve the functioning of the court system. These initiatives aim to make the court premises more inclusive, streamline the legal process, combat gender stereotypes, and ensure prompt delivery of justice.