National Judicial Academy (India)

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National Judicial Academy
National Judicial Academy (India) logo.png
Motto Knowledge for Justice
Type NGO
Established Registered on August 17, 1993
Director Hon'ble Mr. Justice G. Raghuram (Retd.) (5 August 2016 - ), Geeta Oberoi (2 November 2014 - 4 August 2016), Dr.Balram K. Gupta ( April 2013 - November 2014),Dr. K.N. Chandrashekeran Pillai (July 2011- March 2013),Prof. G. Mohan Gopal (July 2006-July 2011)
Academic staff
Location India Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Campus Urban

National Judicial Academy is an Indian government-funded training institute primarily for Judicial Officers, working in the Supreme Court and the High Courts, during their service. The institute was registered on 17 August 1993 under the Societies Registration Act of 1860.[1] N. R. Madhava Menon was its founding director. Its 63-acre campus is located in the outskirts of Bhopal. It also has a registered office in Delhi. The President of India inaugurated the institute building on September 5, 2002.

Established with the objectives of "Judicial Reform and Policy Development as well as Research Support Services for greater efficiency, fairness, access and productivity. It also includes improvements in court administration and management for a litigant friendly justice system", the institute has been functioning as a "centre of excellence in judicial education, research and training".[1]

Management and staff[edit]

The chairman of the governing body of the Institute is the Chief Justice of India. As chairman, he appoints the director as the principal executive officer. Academic positions include an additional director for research, three professors, six associate professors, six research fellows and six law associates. Other than the managerial and functional positions, administrative positions include a registrar and additional registrar, a chief accounts officer, and maintenance engineers.[2]

Academic programs[edit]

The National Judicial Education Strategy (NJES) was established by the Institute in September, 2006, as a national level system for judicial education, with which it hopes to achieve its objectives in technical education. The courses offered here follow the same system. Instead of a 'teacher - student' setting found usually in academic institutions, the institute follows a 'solution driven' approach instead, working to eliminate the obstacles faced by the judges participating in a programme by identifying them over discussions in portals. Based on this, the institute offers 6 types of programmes to its three categories of candidates, High Court Justices, District Judiciaries and State Judicial Academics. There was an appeal made to the institute, requesting the institute to consider working on the decorum of the judges taking their programmes, bringing in the topics of the importance of judicial restraint and reticence as prescribed by Lord Kilmuir in their discussions.[3] by B. S. Raghavan, a former IAS officer, U.N. Civil Servant and author.[4]

Institute's Productline[2]
Category Programmes
High Court Justices (a) High Court Justices' Conferences on Development of Law/Development of Justice Systems;

(b) Orientation Colloquium for Recently Elevated High Court Justices

District Judiciary (a) National Judicial Workshops on Judging/Core Judicial Skills/Judicial Administration

(b) National Judicial Seminars on Substantive Law/Justice

State Judicial Academics (a) Education for Educator Programmes;

(b) Orientation Programme for Newly Selected ADJs as part of their State-Level Induction Programmes

National skills database[edit]

Apart from academics, the institute, with an aim to improve the functioning of the judiciary, is setting up an online skills registry of Indian judges, with their areas of proficiency, which can be accessed by the judges using their credentials.

State Judicial Academies[edit]