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Judicial Ethics & Accountability


Judges hold positions of considerable authority and are entrusted with a great deal of power and discretion; therefore they are expected to conduct themselves according to the highest standards of professional behaviour.

As a judicial services aspirant, you may be asked how you as a future judge will uphold the rule of law, while preserving the ethos of the Constitution. A judge’s role is to serve the community in the pivotal task of administering justice according to law and upholding the Constitution. However, in the path of delivering justice, sometimes it is difficult to maintain a balance between judicial independence, accountability and overreach. And at times, one may feel that the judiciary is trespassing the executive’s domain, with questions of judicial review and activism haunting the democratic setup.

This course helps you get in-depth understanding of the concepts such as judicial accountability and ethics. It also helps you understand the principles balancing judicial interests with citizens’ rights. While the course is extremely important for aspirants of Judicial Services Exam, it is useful and relevant for all stakeholders of the democratic and social cycle in India.



After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental relationship between judicial independence and judicial accountability;
  • Understand the challenges in achieving judicial accountability;
  • Understand the need for judicial accountability to uphold the principles of ‘Democracy’ and ‘Rule of Law’;
  • Understand the concept and need for law on judicial ethics;
  • Understand the procedure for removal of Judges.


  • Module 1 – INTRODUCTION
  • Module 3 – ETHICS OF JUDGES
  • Module 5 – CONCLUSION
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



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  • Judicial Services Aspirants
  • Members of the Civil Society (NGOs)
  • Social Change Makers and Entrepreneurs
  • Lawyers
  • Law students
  • Judicial Assistants and Clerks
  • Judges
  • Journalists
  • Social Research Students

Level: Beginner

Language: English

Duration: 6 Months


Learners must submit all assignments and secure at least 50% marks in Certification Exam at the end of the course to obtain the course certificate.

About the Author

Having completed her bachelor’s from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi and masters in Development Studies from Ambedkar University, Priyamvada Bhatnagar did her LLB from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, and is enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi since November 2014.
Priyamvada’s areas of interest include contract drafting, negotiation, property laws, IPR, environmental laws and arbitration and mediation. She has a total work experience of 3 years and is currently working as a legal contract specialist with a Japanese retail brand ‘Miniso Life Style Private Limited’.
Driven by passion and competence, Priyamvada wishes to make visible contributions through research and analysis, providing useful insights for safeguarding the rights of one and all.
In her words, “As a young lawyer I wish to ascend into the intellectual horizons and apply my academic training to address the issues pertaining to individual rights, public policy and governance.”

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