The judiciary is receptive to reforms

September 19, 2020 07:55 am

The constitution is also a lifestyle of the public

Understanding contempt of court

August 27, 2020 13:06 pm

“Fair and objective criticism of judicial decision will instill accountability and greater discipline in decision making. If no one is allowed to judge judges, there could be lawless courts and irresponsible judging. But criticism of judgments should not lead to the denigration of judges.” This is the statement from former Chief Justice and Attorney General of Singapore Chan Sek Keong, where he has acknowledged the importance of fair and objective criticism of the courts.

KATHMANDU, Aug 23: At a time when the people have been demanding serious reforms in the judiciary, a recently-formed committee to look into the judicial irregularities has raised some hope.

KATHMANDU, August 13: The Supreme Court on Wednesday formed a panel to conduct a study on the possibility of launching an automated system of allocating cases to justices.

KATHMANDU, May 8: Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana on Thursday said that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seriously affected the judicial sector in Nepal.

Reviving trust in judiciary

October 22, 2019 01:30 am

Onus of cultivating public trust in judiciary lies on professionals engaged in justice delivery process. Institutional capability of justice delivery is a core component in shaping that trust

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: Chief Justice (CJ) Cholendra SJB Rana has insisted on increasing the number of justices and judges at all three tiers of the judiciary, given the load of cases at the courts.

KATHMANDU, Aug 14: Former chief justices and justices have expressed serious concerns over the current state of judiciary saying that irregularities and anomalies have alarmingly high in the sector.

KATHMANDU, July 19: As the number of cases registered at the Supreme Court keeps increasing, officials in the judiciary and the government are mulling a doubling of the number of justices at the apex court.

KATHMANDU, July 17: The fourth Five-Year Strategic Plan being implemented in the judiciary from Wednesday has set a goal of settling all three-year-old writ petitions within the first year of its implementation.

KATHMANDU, May 25:  The judiciary is to remain closed on Sunday to mourn the demise of former Chief Justice Nayan Bahadur Khatri.

KATHMANDU, May 24: Former Chief Justice Nayan Bahadur Khatri has passed away on Friday morning. He was 99.

KATHMANDU, April 10: Newly-appointed 17 high court judges took oath of office and secrecy, on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, April 6: When he took office in January, Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana had set out three main priorities for his four-year tenure; ensuring good governance, reaffirming the independence of the judiciary and restoring the judicial credibility. Despite his questionable career, Rana’s vision for the judiciary and his resoluteness to restore judicial credibility was received amid high optimism. Even his fiercest critics had given him the benefit of the doubt.

KATHMANDU, March 10: The government has decided to provide allowances to the staffers at the parliament secretariat, judiciary and various offices under the Ministry of Finance up to 50 percent of their salaries.

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) headed by Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana has made a major administrative reshuffle in the judiciary.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Admitting that ‘middlemen’ were unduly influencing the judiciary, Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana on Sunday said he plans to charge them with contempt of court.

Away with hearing system

December 24, 2018 01:00 am

Our parliamentary hearing system has not become anything more than a ritual. We need to do away with it through constitution amendment

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Chief Justice Om Prakash Mishra assumed leadership of the judiciary some four months ago with a stated commitment to zero tolerance for corruption. But he has not decided even a single graft case at his own bench.

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: President of main opposition Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba on Wednesday accused the incumbent government of trying to disrupt the existence of the free judiciary.

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: Chief Justice Om Prakash Mishra on Sunday said that the people have high expectations of the judiciary.

Courts crippled by staff shortages

October 24, 2018 14:10 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: The country’s judiciary has been grappling with severe shortage of manpower resulting in delay in justice delivery.

DAMAK, Sept 11:Former Chief Justice Sushila Karki has said Nepal's judiciary is still out of access of the common people.

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: The Supreme Court has found a new head seven months and 17 days after then chief justice Gopal Parajuli stepped down from the office over the issue of his date of birth.

GORKHA, Aug 27: Drinking water facility at the Ratna Rajya Secondary School of Gorkha is not good. Water taps at the school dispense dirty water. Few students bring water from home, but most rely on the same dirty water.

Stop politicization of judiciary

August 5, 2018 00:25 am

For the first time in Nepal’s history of vetting nominees for higher constitutional posts, the Parliamentary Hearings Committee (PHC) on Friday rejected the candidate nominated by Constitutional Council for the post of chief justice of the Supreme Court.

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: Serious constitutional questions have arisen following the rejection of  chief justice nominee Deepak Raj Joshee by the Parliamentary Hearings Committee (PHC) on Friday.

KATHMANDU, May 2: More than a month and a half has already passed since then chief justice Gopal Parajuli was ousted from his post. But the appointment of a new chief justice looks  uncertain still as the government does not seem to consider this a priority.

KATHMANDU, April 15: The government has proposed to bar the judiciary, constitutional bodies and security agencies from receiving direct funding from foreign donors and international non-governmental organizations

KATHMANDU, April 10: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Sher Bahadur Tamang on Tuesday urged lawyers to participate in a 'clean judiciary campaign' saying that such a campaign would also help empower the people.

KATHMANDU, April 10: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Sher Bahadur Tamang on Tuesday urged lawyers to participate in a 'clean judiciary campaign' saying that such a campaign would also help empower the people.

KATHMANDU, April 5: The cabinet meeting on Tuesday cancelled a foreign visit by two judges on the ground that the trip was not necessary.

KATHMANDU, April 4: The cabinet meeting on Tuesday canceled a foreign visit by two judges on the ground that the trip was not necessary.

How to reform judiciary?

March 17, 2018 07:11 am

KATHMANDU, March 16: A storm broke out at the judiciary and ended with Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli stepping down. But there is no sign of any reform in the wake of the storm.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli claimed on Monday that his tenure at the apex court has seen much progress in the judiciary.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: The Press Council Nepal has begun online complaints registration system from Sunday.

ROLPA, Oct 18: Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli has said a strong judiciary is a pre-condition for accelerating development.

Justice missing from Judiciary: Dr KC

October 11, 2017 12:24 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: Prof Dr Govinda KC, who is on a strike demanding reforms in the medical education sector, has lamented over what he called the 'disappearance of justice from the judiciary'.

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: Dr Govinda KC, who has launched his 13th hunger strike demanding reforms in medical education, has warned of stern protest against the judiciary as well saying that the Supreme Court has been issuing orders in favor of corruption-accused individuals and eventually protecting them in recent days.

POKHARA, August 2: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Yagya Bahadur Thapa today pledged to heightening prestige of an independent judiciary considered to be the backbone of a democracy.

KATHMANDU, May 7: Parliament’s meeting has been postponed till after the first phase of local level elections, amid confusion over whether the legislature should continue with the  impeachment motion filed against Chief Justice Sushila Karki even after the apex court order to put the impeachment on hold.

KATHMANDU, May 5: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli said that the stay order from the Supreme Court over the impeachment motion against Chief Justice has put a break on the attempt of ending independence of judiciary.

KATHMANDU, May 1: The Nepali Congress has said that the impeachment motion was brought against Chief Justice (presently suspended) Sushila Karki to maintain the prestige of an independent and impartial judiciary.

KATHMANDU, May 1: Chairperson of the Federal Socialist Forum, Upendra Yadav has strongly criticized the Nepali Congress and the CPN (Maoist Center) for registering the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice Sushila Karki.

KATHMANDU, April 30: Main opposition party CPN-UML has expressed serious objection over the impeachment motion registered at the Parliament Secretariat by  lawmakers of the Nepali Congress and the CPN (Maoist Center).

KATHMANDU, April 30: Rastriya Prajatantra Party has expressed serious objection over the impeachment motion against Chief Justice Sushila Karki registered by the lawmakers of Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center).