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Sikkim Judicial Academy

Sikkim Judicial Academy

History

HISTORY OF JUDICIAL ACADEMY

 

Judicial Academy is an Indian Government funded training Institute primarily for Judicial Officers. The Institute was registered on 17.08.1993 under the Societies Registrations Act of 1860. Shri N.R. Madhava Menon being the founding Director. The basic aim of training briefly spelt out is to equip the trainees not only with tools to execute their work, but to endow them with vision as to what is expected of the system which they serve. What is meant by Justice ? What is decision making process? What are the goals of the Constitution? What is the direction in which law must move ? What does the dictum justice according to law imply ? In the All India Judges’ Association Case, AIR 1992 SC 165 and in the order on the Review Petition, AIR 1993 SC 2493, the Supreme Court declared the urgent need to organize judicial education on a systematic basis through National and State Judicial Academies. Then, the Supreme Court in the more recent case that is , Union of India , (2002) 4 SCC 247 laid emphasis in depth training for Judicial Officers.
 

SIKKIM JUDICIAL ACADEMY

It was in this background that Sikkim Judicial Academy came into existence. Through the vision of the  Hon’ble Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Shri Permod Kholi.

During March, 2010 under the 13th Finance Commission, funds were release for establishment of Sikkim Judicial Academy. On 8 June, 2010 a Full Court meeting passed a resolution to establish State Judicial Academy in Sikkim, recognizing that the main vehicle for training Judicial Officers is the State Judicial Academy.

Though the Full Court on 08.06.2010 had resolved to establish Sikkim Judicial Academy, it was finally on 06.08.2011, the Hon’ble High Court decided to establish Sikkim Judicial Academy. Accordingly, on 12.03.2012 it was placed before the Full Court and the then Secretary, Urban Development and Housing Department (UD&HD) informed about the availability of land for Sikkim Judicial Academy at Sokeythang.

In a Full Court decision held on 02.05.2013, the Hon’ble High Court has been pleased to constitute the first Board of Governors of Sikkim Judicial Academy vide notification no. 15/HCS dated 17.05.2013 consisting of following members :

1. Hon’ble the Chief Justice High Court of Sikkim President
2. 1st Puisne Judge,High Court of Sikkim Member
3. 2nd Puisne Judge,High Court of Sikkim Member
4. A former Judge of the Sikkim High Court to be nominated by the Hon’ble Chief Justice Member
 
Further, as resolved, once the present Chief Justice demits office the Board of Governors of the Sikkim Judicial Academy shall be as follows :
1. Hon’ble Mr. Justice P.C. Kuriakose President Emeritus
2. Hon’ble the Chief Justice High Court of Sikkim Patron-in-Chief
3. 1st Puisne Judge,High Court of Sikkim Member
4. 2nd Puisne Judge,High Court of Sikkim Member
5. A former Judge of the Sikkim High Court to be nominated by the Hon’ble Chief Justice Member
 
The Sikkim Judicial Academy at its commencement was constituted with the following as the Members of the Board of Governors comprising of :
1. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pius C. Kuriakose, Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim President
2. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sonam P. Wangdi, Judge, High Court of Sikkim Member
3. Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.P. Subba,Former Judge,High Court of Sikkim Member
 
Subsequently, in superssion of earlier Notifications Hon’ble the Chief Justice was pleased to re-constitute a committee comprising following member vide Notification No. 15/HCS dated 31.05.2017 :
1. Hon’ble the Chief Justice Chairman
2. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, Judge, High Court of Sikkim Judge In-charge
3. Mr. A. Moulik, Sr. Advocate, Gangtok Member
4. Registrar, High Court of Sikkim Director
 
In partial modification to Notification NO.15/HCS dated 31.05.2017, Hon'ble the Acting Chief Justice is pleased to re-constitute a Committee specified at Sl. No. 2 for the Sikkim Judicial Academy, comprising of the following members, with immediate effect.
1. Hon’ble the Chief Justice Chairperson
2. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, Judge, High Court of Sikkim Judge In-charge
3. Mr. A. Moulik, Sr. Advocate, Gangtok Member
4. Mrs. Samita Sharma, SSJA ,Director, Sikkim Judicial Academy Member

The logo of Sikkim Judicial Academy designed by Mrs. Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, the then District & Session Judge, East & North Sikkim at Gangtok was approved by the Hon’ble Chief Justice on 08.05.2013.