Judges should not lecture society: CJI – The Times of India.

AHMEDABAD: CJI S H Kapadia on Saturday said judges must not “give lectures” to the society while doing their job and should not “judge the wisdom of legislature”.

Delivering the Justice P D Desai memorial lecture here on the subject ‘Constitutional Morality’, Justice Kapadia said, “High courts and the Supreme Court are courts of principles. The judges should not speak anything beyond the principles of a particular case. Let us not give lectures to the society.”

“Problem is sometimes we judges impose our own values, our own likes or dislikes on society,” Kapadia said.

“Judges should keep in mind that we cannot judge the wisdom of legislatures. We have to work for constitutional principles. I have no right to say what others should do but I have to perform the duty on constitutional principles,” he further said.

“So, I am of the view that if judges take decisions on principles, many of the controversies that are taking place now will not arise”, he said.