Ugly displays of temper may result in injustice

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Brother and Sister Judges of the Supreme Court
In view of a certain incident which happened in a courtroom recently, there is a humble advice I am giving you as an elder brother.
The higher one goes in the hierarchy the humbler and more courteous one must become.
Losing temper in court, rude behavior, threatening lawyers of taking contempt of court proceedings against them for repeating arguments or for making a retort, or threatening to have a lawyer convicted or thrown out of court does not behoove a judge at the apex of the hierarchy. One can control court proceedings in a more dignified manner.
A single written sentence of yours becomes the law of the land in India ( vide Article 141 of the Constitution ). Hence in view of your tremendous powers, you must all the more exercise great restraint and be cool and courteous in court. Ugly displays of temper lower your dignity, and indeed may result in injustice, for when one loses temper one is prone to commit mistakes.
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Markandey Katju

Written by Markandey Katju

Justice Markandey Katju is the former Chairman, Press Council of India. Prior to his appointment as Chairman, Press Council of India, he served as a Permanent judge at the Supreme Court of India.

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