January 2016

Greetings from DAKSH!

We are happy to send you the January edition of our monthly update.

Talk by Vikram Raghavan

On 7 January, 2016 we hosted a talk by Vikram Raghavan, a lawyer who works with the World Bank, on ‘George Gadbois and the Judges of India’s Supreme Court’. Mr Raghavan spoke of George Gadbois’ research as a political scientist on the Indian judiciary, which included exclusive interviews with retired justices and their families and notable lawyers. The talk, which used photographs and archival documents, was followed by an enjoyable interactive session with Mr Raghavan. You can see pictures from the event here.


DAKSH’s founder, Harish B. Narasappa, was a speaker at the discussion on ‘Empirical research and Indian judicial system’ conducted by the National Institute of Public Finance of Policy (NIPFP). The discussion took place on 13 January 2016 in New Delhi. Mr Narasappa made a presentation on DAKSH data, the state of judicial administration in India, and the need for economic and social analysis of judicial delays.

Mr Narasappa was also a speaker at the Mallya Aditi International School in a session on the Indian Constitution and its meaning and relevance in contemporary India. The event, which was moderated by Siddharth Raja, was held on 25 January 2016 in Bangalore.

DAKSH continues its association with the National Convention for the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reform (CJAR). DAKSH’s Founder, Kishore Mandyam, and Programme Director, Suryaprakash B.S., took part in the first CJAR committee meeting on 23 January 2016 in New Delhi. DAKSH will be coordinating the CJAR’s working group on judicial delays. DAKSH will take the lead to create an action plan to effect judicial reform in the sphere of judicial delay

DAKSH Writes

In the past few weeks, there have been quite a few interesting write-ups on the blog. Most recently, Sandeep Suresh has written a piece discussing the Supreme Court’s treatment of special leave petitions under Article 136 of the Constitution of India.

To continue our series on data available in each High Court, Ramya Tirumalai has analysed the composition of the workload of the High Court of Karnataka – it can be found here.

As we mentioned in previous updates, we are working on the ‘Access to Justice Survey’ project. This is a nation-wide survey that study the experience of litigants in the judicial system and map their perceptions on the judicial system. As part of this project, we wish to understand similar efforts in other jurisdictions. In this regard, Krithika Gururaj has discussed international surveys on the public’s perception of the judiciary.

A complete transcript of our Fourth Annual Constitution Day Lecture by Raju Ramachandran on ‘Judicial Independence and the Appointment of Judges’ is now available on the blog. For those of you who would like to watch the lecture, it can be viewed in 4 parts on our Facebook page: Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4.

Data and the Portal

Our database now contains case records collected from 21 high courts and 417 district courts. We have details of over 35 lakh case records and 1.7 crore hearings.

We are excited to announce the implementation of state-specific dashboards in our database. These enable the user to have an in-depth view of pendency-related statistics for each High Court. We have also created similar dashboards for each district court.

We will be back with more updates next month. In the meantime, we look forward to hearing from you. Please let us know if you have questions or suggestions.

Thank you for reading!