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Updated: Aug 23, 2023

What springs to mind when we think of any court, or a hearing, or a judgment depends upon whether you an accused, a defendant or simply an observer. If you are an interested observer, then the actual experience of visiting a court can be humbling, a bit archaic or simply a chore, whichever way you see it.

But how exactly do all of us bow down to a judgment, even if mostly, the judicial system allows appeals or reviews in the normal course of proceedings ? The norm, worldwide, to question a judgment, depending upon where you are placed, especially if it is an emotive issue which has been deliberated upon.

But significantly, what we are appealing is the content of the judgment not the sanctity of the court in dealing with these matters, never the tone itself.

In other words, we do accept that having given the judiciary the power of ruling over a civil or criminal or corporate matter, we will accept the final judgment.

If we look at it carefully, this is an ultimate test of a civilized society, in that it trusts a group called judiciary to adjudicate virtually in any matter brought before it.

Therefore, the first assumption is lack of bias, the second is the highest moral standing of judges, the third is faith in an undefined notion called spirit of justice.

So we may criticize judgments, individual judges, the archaic laws, the slow progress of cases but can we ever refute that it is there when all else is lost?

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