Dimapur, October 22: The Nagaland Judicial Officers’ Association (NJOA) organized its 16th general conference at the Conference Hall of the Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench on October 20 with Justice Zelre Angami, Judge, Gauhati High Court (Rtd) as the Chief Guest.
In his inaugural address, the chief guest spoke at length about importance of judiciary and its functions. While referring the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court in All India Judges Association Vs Union of India, he quoted thus “the judicial service is not service in the sense of employment. The judges are not employees. As members of the judiciary, they exercise the sovereign judicial power of the State. They are holders of public office in the same way as the members of the council of ministers and the members of the legislature.”
While quoting the same judgment, the chief guest also espoused that under the Constitution of India, the judiciary is above the administrative executive and any attempt to place it on par with the administrative executive has to be discouraged. He reminded the judicial officers of the State that they exercise their powers independently and must do so with impartiality. He emphasized the importance of the judicial officers to perform their duties with integrity and to promote the cause of justice.
The presidential address was delivered by Neiko Kanuo, President NJOA followed by short speech from Mezivolu T Therieh, NJS and Wokono Yhoshu, Member, NJOA. The program was chaired by Yarenjungla Longkumer, NJS.
The second session followed with presentation of reports from the executive members and discussion hour. The final session of the day was a farewell program organized in honor of Khape Koza, NJS, Principal District and Sessions Judge (retd). The program was chaired by Victo Sema, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Tuensang and short speech was delivered by Neichochuyi Suyie, District and Sessions Judge, Zunheboto. The Nagaland Judicial Officers’ Association wishes him the best on his retirement. (Page News Service)