Respect for the rule of law at the international and national levels is central to ensuring the predictability and legitimacy of international relations, and for delivering just outcomes in the daily life of all individuals. While responsibility for strengthening the rule of law lies with Member States and their citizens, the United Nations is ideally placed to support Member States’ efforts and to provide integrated and effective assistance. To galvanize collective efforts to strengthen the rule of law at the national and international levels, the Secretary-General proposes that the General Assembly adopt a programme of action for the rule of law, agree to a process to develop clear rule of law goals and adopt other key mechanisms to enhance dialogue on the rule of law. Member States should also take the occasion of the highlevel meeting of the General Assembly on the topic “The rule of law at the national and international levels” during the sixty-seventh session to make individual pledges related to the rule of law.

China made new and great achievements in promoting the rule of law by firmly taking the socialist road of the rule of law with Chinese characteristics and firmly advancing the law-based governance of the country under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China in 2016: it persisted in scientific legislation and democratic legislation with the quality becoming better and better; it exercised administration by law thoroughly and strictly standardized fair and civilized law enforcement with conspicuous achievements in the construction of a law-based government;

Public confidence in the judicial system and in the moral authority and integrity of the judiciary is of the utmost importance in a modern democratic society. It is essential that judges, individually and collectively, respect and honour judicial office as a public trust and strive to enhance and maintain confidence in the judicial system.

National character, in our considered view, cannot be sacrificed for benefits – individual or societal. If, we desire to build a nation, on the touchstone of ethics and character, and if our determined goal is to build a nation where only the rule of law prevails, then we cannot accept the claim of the appellants, for the suggested societal gains. Viewed in the aforesaid perspective, we have no difficulty whatsoever, in concluding, in favour of the rule of law.

A decision or order of the Court does not become perverse by merely giving it a name as perverse. The higher Court will have to see whether the trial Court has wilfully disregarded any material pleadings and consciously violated any Rule of Law or procedure — If an inferior Court passes an order which suffers from infirmities, the Court is […]

It is neither sound rule of law nor rule of practice – It is the duty of the Court to sift evidence to find out the truth. The maxim falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus (false in one thing, false in every thing) is neither a sound rule of law nor a rule of practice. Hardly one comes across a […]

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