Vidhi Mitra’s ‘Call for Counter Blogs’ [ last date for all the submissions will be 28th February 2022. ]

About the Institution

Vidhi Mitra, The Legal Aid Cell, Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur was established in the year 2018. Its aim is to make the legal system and justice more accessible to the general public and create awareness amongst the people about the contemporary legal issues and established rights of the people.

About the Blog

The Vidhi Mitra Blog is aimed to provide an active forum to the legal fraternity to express and share their experiences and opinions on contemporary legal issues and themes prescribed by the cell.

The Blog can be accessed here: https://legalaiddnlu.wordpress.com/

The Editorial Board of the Blog is inviting ‘counter-articles’ within the aim and scope of the subject matter, i.e., DIVERSITY DEFICIT IN THE INDIAN JUDICIARY

Theme

The Blog is open to any topic or corollary which revolves around DIVERSITY DEFICIT IN INDIAN JUDICIARY or any other contemporary legal issue(s) related. The Blog this time will also account for various facts/opinions for, against or with a nuanced perspective on the issue, with respect to the article shared by the Vidhi Mitra team on the blog.

DIVERSITY DEFICIT IN INDIAN JUDICIARY

It is seldom found that in the contemporary world that the law governs a homogeneous composition of citizenry or situations. The judiciary’s mission is to render verdicts that adhere to the text of the law. While the law sets broad principles, legislation provides judges with sufficient discretion to use their own judgement and provide justice in circumstances involving particular facts. Judges exercise this discretion based on their own interpretations and personal experiences.

Thus, in our diversified society, where each citizen has a unique political position within the hierarchies of gender, caste, religion, region, class, culture, ability, and sexuality, a monochromatic, homogenous judiciary would not serve justice effectively. Numerous countries face the issue of judicial compositions that do not adequately reflect all segments of the population.

In the times when judicial efficacy is needed not just as a matter of speedy delivery of justice, but also a just delivery of justice to all the stakeholders of the society, Indian judiciary doesn’t seem to be left either from the accusations of lack of diversity and inclusivity in its composition. Moreover, the situation is deemed to be all the more critical in the higher pedestals of judicial hierarchy. Nonetheless, there is plenty room for discussion and deliberation on the same because perhaps the judicial machinery in the country is far away from collapsing as of now , but we must endeavor to achieve a holistic and more inclusive judicial apparatus.

The Article can be accessed via. –

EXPECTATIONS

The theme at hand is quite vast to be reflected upon, however in this issue we shall be sharing an article which will be comprehensively dealing with the topic and its subthemes. The blog seeks to stimulate a dialogue regarding the available article on the deficit of diversity in the judiciary in our country and also provides ample room for critiquing or supporting the views presented on the same. It also encourages the author(s) to suggest possible additions to the present status quo. Moreover, the theme not only aims for the author(s) to contemplate on the direct opinions with respect to the content of the article shared, but also expects them to come forward with original ideas or unfolded research on the theme at both broader and molecular levels. The targeted group includes professionals from judicial field, judicial aspirants, judges, academicians, legal practitioners, research scholars and students. The work of the author(s) must represent a new idea or contribution to the jurisprudence of the topic. Arguments must be logical and backed by facts.

Sub-Themes

There are many horizons for the authors to explore for research in the presented theme and put forward their views, but keeping in mind the current subject-matters of discussion as presented in the article shared, the sub-themes are the sub-headings presented in the Article.

Submission Guidelines

  • The author(s) shall peruse the Article titled “DIVERSITY DEFICIT IN INDIAN JUDICIARY ” posted on the Blog website.
  • The author(s) shall draft their viewpoints in the manuscript as a response to the Article in the form of a Counter Article.
  • The author may choose one or more sub-themes for his/her manuscript. They may choose to counter the article as a whole or choose to counter arguments presented in any one sub-heading of the article.
  • The article should be an original work of the author and neither published nor under consideration for publication in any other journal or blog. The work must not be plagiarized above 10%.
  • Co-authorship (limited to 2 authors) is allowed.
  • The Word Limit for Counter-Articles is between 3000 to 5000 words if the author is choosing to counter the whole article and 1500 to 3000 if the author is choosing to contradict any one sub-theme. Manuscripts above the prescribed word limit shall not be considered as a general rule, except under special circumstances subject to the sole discretion of the Editorial Board. In case author(s) want(s) to roll out a series of blogs, the decision on the word limit shall be taken by editorial board accordingly.
  • All submissions should be typed in font Times New Roman with heading size 14, font size 12, line spacing 1.5′; justified.
  • The submissions should be made online in a MS Word format document to: legalaid@mpdnlu.ac.in mentioning the details of the author(s), the category of the manuscript and the sub-theme(s) in the word document and not in the body of the mail.

Citation Format

The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation (20th Ed.) is to be followed for citation. All endnotes must be in Times New Roman, font size 10, single-spacing and justified text.

Deadline

The last date for all the submissions will be 28th February 2022.

Contact Details

In the case of any queries, contact at: legalaid@mpdnlu.ac.in

 

Student Coordinators

Priyanshee Sharma (Convenor) – 8989163100.

Aditya Nema (Secretary) – 9516509476.

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