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Supreme Court treads softly on errors by judicial officers


The Supreme Court has cautioned high courts against taking disciplinary action against judicial officers merely on the ground that they had passed wrong judicial orders.

“To err is human,” a Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose quoted Alexander Pope to the high courts in a recent judgment.

Justice Gupta challenged his brethren, saying “not one of us, who has held judicial office, can claim that we have never passed a wrong order”.

The Bench, in its judgment, held that high courts, which have administrative control over the subordinate judiciary, should only resort to disciplinary action against judicial officers ...


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