March 2015

Greetings from DAKSH.

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

On February 7th, 2015 DAKSH launched the Rule of Law project website at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Auditorium, Bangalore. The launch was inaugurated by Professor Rajeev Gowda (Member of Parliament), Mr. S. S. Naganand (Senior Counsel of Karnataka High Court) and Mr. Sri Kumar (ex-DGP of Karnataka and former Commissioner of the Central Vigilance Commission). Further information on our launch can be found on our blog.

Since our previous update our data has grown, and we have started collecting data from the High Courts of Orissa, Calcutta, Jharkhand and Kerala (adding to the High Courts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Madras, Gujarat, and Patna) bringing the number of High Courts we cover to ten. We currently have 566,600 records of pending cases.  Our data lists information on cases, hearings, and parties to a case, with which we will be creating analytics and reports.

Recently we have featured two guest posts on our blog. Professor Chandan Gowda wrote a piece on the relationship India has with modern law titled ‘A Note on Law in India’. This was followed by Dr. Aparna Chandra’s post, ‘The State of Judicial Statistics in India’, where she speaks of the significance of data in judicial reform. The DAKSH team also had the privilege of conducting an interview with former Chief Justice of India, M. N. Venkatachaliah, which will be up on the soon.

DAKSH colleagues have been speaking publicly about the Rule of Law project as well as its other key initiative, the MP/MLA scorecards at varied fora over the last month. In Bangalore, on February 26th, DAKSH co-founder Mr. Kishore Mandyam gave a talk at the Rotary Club of Bangalore Cantonment. Mr. Mandyam spoke on the influence and change data can bring to politics. On February 27th, DAKSH co-founder Mr. Harish Narasappa spoke at a conference, ‘India and the Post-2015 Agenda: Shaping the Connections between Law and Development’, conducted jointly by the Advocates for International Development (A4ID) and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in Delhi. The session that Mr. Narasappa spoke at focused on developing effective, transparent, and accountable systems of governance in India.

On March 18th, DAKSH will be hosting a talk by Mr. Nick Robinson, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Law School. Mr Robinson will be speaking on the benchmarking of delay in judicial process, with a specific focus on international standards. The talk will be taking place at the DAKSH office, Palace Road, Bangalore. We are attaching the invite with all the relevant details along with this mail. We would be very happy for you to join us for this event.

We will be back with further updates next month. In the meantime, please let us know if you have questions or suggestions. Thank you for your interest and time.