Saturday, January 17, 2015

The pace of justice

The fight to find the middle ground between justice that is too hasty and justice that is too slow is a challenge every country faces. Consider Union of India v. Purushottam, Civ. App. No. 7133 of 2008 (S. Ct. India Jan. 5, 2015), for which the editor thanks Global Military Justice Reform contributor Major (ret) Navdeep Singh. It's an interesting case concerning the application of double jeopardy in Indian law and the interaction of Indian military justice and administrative discharges. Here is the chronology:

Date of offenses, Nov. 30 and Dec. 5, 2001
Summary court-martial, Apr. 11, 2002
JAG review (precise date unknown, 2002)
Show cause notice, Oct. 31, 2002
Administrative discharge, Feb. 5, 2003
Writ petition filed in High Court (date unknown)
High Court decision (date unknown)
Appealed to Supreme Court (precise date unknown, 2008)
Supreme Court decision, Jan. 5, 2015

The opinion handed down by the two-judge bench is 29 pages long.

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