By Devil’s Advocate
When was the last time a judge disposed of all the cases posted before him? The answer is 1970 and that was the last time a judge was awarded the white glove by the bar and the registry. What is a White Glove? A pair of white gloves is given by the bar and the registry of the court together when a judge disposes all the cases which are before him.
The white glove is presented at a grand function, orgainsed jointly by the bar and the bench. Introduced by the British, the system prevails in the Indian judiciary till date. Legal experts say that this is a way of telling the people the judge has clean hands.
However, this system is applicable only to the sessions judges and not judges of the higher courts. The glove will be presented on the first working day of the year. The criteria is that the judge hears only a fresh case filed in the New Year and not the ones registered in the previous years.
In Karnataka, only two judges have received the white glove so far. Justice Sabhahit and Justice Narayan Kudur received the glove when they were sessions judges. Both these judges were later elevated to the Karnataka High Court. Justice Sabhahit received the glove in 1970 while Justice Kudur got it two years before that.
Now will the Bar Council push for this system to be re-introduced? Will the judges ever want it back? This is the million dollar question. Well I personally feel that this is absolutely necessary. The judges have to bite the bait at some point of time.