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LEGALNOTES made an attempt to bring under its radar the hotly used power of the judiciary: suo motu cognisance. With civil authorities failing at multiple levels, the courts have taken up the responsibility to intervene in issues of grave concern to the public. But how far were they able to accomplish the tasks at hand? A look at the effectiveness of these interventions. We have also introduced a new section, LN Essay where we attempt to tackle an issue from every dimension. The essay this time features 'Sunset Laws' where Justice Panachand Jain tries explaining why a designated timeframe for every law made in India is the need of the hour. 23 days! That was the amount of time a 72-year-old man spent in a mental hospital for no fault of his. A journey of 10 years from the lower to the higher court, Ram Kanwar suffered deeply to end a case that was never his in the first place. In addition, we take a retrospective look at RERA. A ground report on what is its situation in various states and how successful was it in bringing solace to hard-hit homebuyers. The International section features the story of 104-year-old Australian man who stirred the debate on whether it is finally time for the world to accept euthanasia.
Legal Notes, the latest addition in the Newsline Publications group, proposes to bring a fresh perspective to legal issues. On any given day, there could be 40 different items in the news with respect to courts – right down from the Supreme Court to the district court on a range of issues from Blue Whale to NEET to Love Jihad and Blackberry messages. It’s as bewildering as it is exhilarating. In fact, it’s liberating that in this democracy of ours we have the ability to debate agree or dissent as we continue our march onwards. Legal Notes will seek to assess, analyse, debate and dissect how the business of law impacts our lives in a hundred different ways. LN hopes to record the business of law each month for your reading pleasure.