Inadequate women representation across judicial offices (30%-subordinate judiciary, 11.5% and 12% in High Court and Supreme Court respectively) has prompted CJI to back 50% women reservation in judicial offices at all levels to ensure diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
Need for desirability of women representation:
- Address prevailing gender imbalance.
- Gender sensitisation of judicial orders – addressing rights of women
- Improve gender specific infrastructure within Court premises – separate toilets for women.
- Ensure women empowerment in the judicial arena.
- Encourage women to pursue law as a career choice.
- Improve ratio of women law graduates and women judges.
- Appointments for higher judiciary are not uniform across India.
- Reservation must meet the goal of social justice.
- Women Reservation Bill needs to be reintroduced providing reservation to women across judicial offices.
- Provide economic assistance to women in pursuing law degree
- Promoting women advocates in state bar councils.
- Provide reservation for women in All India Judicial Service.
Greater representation of women across judicial hierarchies will help to achieve constitutional goals of social and economic justice along with SDG-5 and 10 – gender equality and reduced inequalities.