Quasi Judicial Bodies: An Explanation

By Arsh Singh, Army Institute of Law, Mohali.

A Quasi Judicial Body is an entity such as an arbitrator or a tribunal, generally of a Public Administrative Agency, which has powers and procedures resembling that of a Court of Law or Judge, and which is obliged to objectively determine facts and draw conclusions from them so as to provide the basis of an official action. Such actions are able to remedy a situation or to impose legal penalties, and may affect the legal rights, duties or privileges of specific parties. (more…)

A Commentary on the Biography ‘Cornelia Sorabjee: India’s Pioneer Woman Lawyer’

By Sandhya Shyamsundar, WBNUJS, Kolkata.

On reading the biography ‘Cornelia Sorabjee: India’s Pioneer Woman Lawyer‘, one is bound to fall in love with Suparna Gooptu’s take on the legal luminary Cornelia Sorabji who was the first woman to study law in Oxford and, India’s second woman advocate.

Cornelia, though being a pioneer in multiple ways at a time when the colonial professional world was marked by a strong racial and gender bias, failed to occupy the centre stage in colonial India, either as a professional, or in politics, or even in social reform. The book analyzes the political, social and cultural milieu in which she spent her childhood and youth, charts out the implications of her birth in an Indian Christian family, examines the circumstances that made her the first Indian woman to study law, documents her experience in the legal profession and colonial bureaucracy, and understands why and with what consequences she remained a firm loyalist of the British Empire and a critic of mainstream Indian nationalist politics. The author succeeds in doing so (more…)

Sedition: Critical Interpretation

By Anshika Juneja, Symbiosis Law College, Pune.

KENNY- the Law of Sedition relates to the uttering of the seditious words, the publication of seditious libels, and conspiracies to do an act for the furtherance of a seditious intention. The Bombay High Court on Tuesday 22nd September,  directed the State not to implement its circular issued by the Home Department defining guidelines for the police to book people under sedition charges while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Narendra Sharma, who practices in the Bombay HC, sought for quashing of the circular. A division bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice Dr Shalini Phansalkar Joshi asked the government to file a detailed affidavit within two weeks or it would decide on the petition at the admission stage. (more…)

E-Courts in India: A much needed initiative

By Vartika Aggarwal, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies.

Disputes and litigation have increased to such an extent in India that they have overburdened the Indian Judiciary. Courts have to struggle hard to cover the backlog of cases but the backlog keeps on increasing on a daily basis. Many of such disputes can be either avoided or they can be resolved through negotiation. (more…)