Indian Judges Get Schooled

Here’s yet another great article on dysfunctional legal systems , this time from India:

In an order issued late Friday, Judge R. K. Tiwari was told to return for a three-month refresher course after issuing an arrest warrant in defiance of a previous High Court ruling.

Yes, in India, the lower courts can over rule the higher courts… NOT!!

Tiwari had ordered police to detain a landlord in a case where his tenant had failed to pay the power company, despite a previous High Court ruling that the landlord could not be held responsible. Tiwari could not immediately be reached for comment. – [Yahoo/AP]

And I thought it was bad here in the US!! How did this guy make it into office? But (at the risk of sounding like a broken record) one thing I will say is that the whole retraining idea is a good one. All judges and lawyers should be required to take periodic refresher courses in ethics and the law. As should police officers. And soldiers. and High-ranking military. And government officials. And…  Well you get the idea.

OK… Back to my cave I go …

Indian judge ordered back to law school – [Yahoo/AP]


2 Responses to “Indian Judges Get Schooled”

  1. October 7, 2007 at 3:11 am

    Even senior bureaucrats [IAS officers] are on the same
    boat.In a recent incident the CIC had ordered the PIO to
    study the RTI Act first before replying to the applicants.
    I also think periodic refresher courses shall be nice!!!

  2. October 8, 2007 at 2:10 am

    Yeah, i really think that should be a basic requirement for a lot of different offices. It’s good to see that at least an Indian high court judge has the right idea… I wish it were so simple here in the US…

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