If reading statutes is all, robots would be judges: Chief Justice Mohit Shah

To drive home his point, he cited Section 300 of the Indian Penal Code that spares an accused of the charges of homicide and books him for culpable homicide not amounting to murder if his act is preceded by "sudden and grave" provocation.

"There was a man whose mother taunted him for not earning money when he asked for food. He got angry and hit his mother with a stick and she died. You would apply the fourth exception in this case because there is sudden and grave provocation," he said. Citing another example of a man who saw his fiancee with another man, got angry and killed the other man and hacked his body into 300 pieces, he said, "Would you use the fourth exception in such a case?"

CJ Shah further said that 50 per cent of complaints against judges are about their behaviour. "People complain that a judge insults lawyers or litigants." Giving tips to subordinate court judges on soft skills, he said, "Spoken words form only eight per cent of your speech", tone and body language form the major part of communication.

To aid parties in person (litigants who argue cases themselves without a lawyer), CJ Shah said, "We are thinking of a stress management centre in the High Court where Dr Harish Shetty (leading psychiatrist) and his team will counsel them.

He said in lighter vein, "Those parties who create trouble for us will first have to meet them."

As part of the 'Disseminating Knowledge Among Judicial Officers' project, law books, CDs and DVDs were provided to 1,850 judicial officers across the state by the academy.

Justice D Y Chandrachud, MJA director Justice V M Kanade, Justice K U Chandiwal, Justice S P Davare and Justice A M Thipsay were present among others at the event.

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