Cuttack: Justice KS Jhaveri was bid a grand farewell by his fellow judges, advocates, judicial officers, etc. on the day of his retirement as judge and as Chief Justice of Orissa High Court on Friday.
Justice Jhaveri had joined as Chief Justice of Orissa High Court on August 12, 2018. During his farewell speech, he not only acknowledged his father late Satyendra Kalidas Jhaveri but also thanked a number of persons for their support during his long career.
“As the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court, I tried to dispense justice to the best of my potential keeping in mind one fact that the system is meant for the common man and there is always a need to empower the people by protecting their legal rights, said Justice Jhaveri.
He said that the issue of arrears of cases has always been the point of discussion in every conference. He asserted that ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’ is a legal maxim and keeping it in mind he always tried his best to deliver speedy justice in as many cases as he could.
He further said that during his tenure of less than one and half year in the High Court, he made all efforts to clear backlog of old matters.
“The job of a Judge is like walking on a tight rope. He has to maintain a balance between being human and a judge who has to deliver justice by staying within legal constraints. So there is bound to be some displeasure one way or other for a judge,” he added.
Justice Jhaveri further said that he believes in the principle – “be optimistic and think positive” and asked all present to think of a better tomorrow, and work towards it. “It is time that we stand together and take a solemn pledge – to strive hard to regain the past glory of this great institution, and to forebear from doing anything which may even remotely harm the institution.”
Giving a piece of advice to young lawyers who are entering to the profession and who have not completed 5 years at the Bar, Justice Jhaveri said, “This profession is a very noble profession and only the hardworking professionals will have the recognition in the Bar so also in the Bench.”
He also mentioned how he tried to improve the system of Lok Adalats and Mediation as Patron-in-Chief of Odisha State Legal Services Authority from August 12, 2018.
“Establishment of permanent Lok Adalats is a part and parcel of our justice delivery system and it helps the society by providing speedy access to justice. Several literacy camps, legal awareness camps etc. were organized with the help of my OSLSA staff,” added Justice Jhaveri.
He also thanked the Bar of the High Court for their cooperation with the Bench and the confidence reposed by its members on him because of which he could speedily decide cases.
A Judge is considered as a minister of the temple of justice. The duty to impart justice is nothing but a divine function, said Justice Jhaveri while ending his statement with a quote:
“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stealing of my pain but for the heart to conquer it. Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield but to my own strength. Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom. Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone; but let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.”