In an effort to ensure more transparency in the appointment of judges, the decisions of the body responsible for the process will be made public on the website of the Supreme Court of India.
The website added a new tab, called “Collegium Resolutions,” on Friday. Four documents have been uploaded. Besides the resolution to make the collegium’s deliberations public, its recommendations on appointments to the Kerala High Court and Madras High Court have also been uploaded.
A resolution passed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, and Justices Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph said that the collegium had resolved that the “decisions henceforth taken by the Collegium shall be put on the website of the Supreme Court, when the recommendation(s) is/are sent to the Government of India”.
This includes decisions relating to initial elevation to the High Court Bench, confirmation of permanent positions for judges of the High Court, elevation to the post of Chief Justice of High Court, transfer of High Court chief justices and judges and their promotions to the the Supreme Court. “The material which is considered by the collegium [on each occasion is different,” the resolution said.
The judges added that resolution was passed to ensure transparency and yet maintain confidentiality in the collegium system.