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Judges join Facebook
Judges join Facebook to catch up with family
10 Sep, 2010 0131hrs IST TNN[ Hetal Vyas ]
MUMBAI: It is said that when a judge accepts judgeship, he or she accepts voluntary vanvaas, almost a life of isolation. He or she cannot actively engage in social activities or interact freely in the public domain.
Judges, like Caesar’s wife, must be above reproach, and are required to lead, by example, exemplary lives to be able to deliver advice, opinion and judgment. A general code of conduct also prohibits them from interacting with the media.
Flying in the face of these norms, however, a few judges of the Bombay high court and city civil and sessions courts have recently opened Facebook accounts. Justice Anand Nirgude, currently presiding over the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court, put up his profile on Facebook recently; as did additional sessions judge Ashwinikumar Deore, whose profile even mentions his profession and services in various fields of the judiciary.
Two other judges, elevated to the Bombay high court in early 2009, have also signed up on the popular social networking site, though they use technical assistance to maintain privacy-personalized settings to keep their distance from strangers while interacting with family and close friends.
Incidentally, the issue of whether judges should use Facebook and befriend lawyers, for instance, is already an issue in countries like the US.
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Judges shouldn't socialize via net'
10 Sep, 2010 0255hrs IST TNN[ Hetal Vyas ]
MUMBAI: A few Bombay high court and city civil and sessions courts have opened Facebook accounts, to catch up with family and friends in India and abroad. Normally, bound by a rigid code of conduct, judges would eschew such social platforms entirely.
When contacted, one of the judges said he had signed up on the networking site to keep in touch with his family and relatives. But there are divergent views on whether the trend is welcome or, indeed, acceptable.
For Justice (retd) V G Palshikar, former Bombay HC judge, Facebooking judges are a "good idea". "They can put across their views or opinions, which can be helpful to the common man," he said. "This could bring about social change. But at the same time, the judges should be careful about the possible misuse of such networking sites."
S U Kamdar, a former judge of the Bombay HC and a practising senior counsel, was less welcoming. "Judges are bound by a code of conduct and should not interact through social networking sites," he said. "They should maintain judicial discipline and distance themselves from public life."
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Parthasarathi Loganathan (Advocate)     10 September 2010

Judges being the constitutional judiciary officers should not indulge in expressing their views in any social networking channels.


That is well known and there seems a change. Can the system accommodate the change?

Arup (UNEMPLOYED)     10 September 2010

my opinion is, they should express their valuable opinion on all most all the matters except the cases for which they are judges.

pratik (self working)     30 August 2011

Can anybody send the code of condut of judges &             MAGISTRATE.


Adv. Vaishali Karloopia (lawyer)     30 August 2011

Like lawersclubindia there can be be website for judges to interact. They are the man of morals it doesn't mean we make them isloated .They are also human beings. They also have right to life and liberty.

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