Art of writing

It is ironic that judgment writing is marred by “unnecessary remarks” being made about women (Editorial page, “The art of writing a judgment”, July 24). In State of Punjab v. Gurmit Singh (1996) the Supreme Court deprecated casting stigma on the character of a rape survivor. The art of judgment writing must be taught to students from day one.

Bharathan Boopathi,


The importance of accurate, simple and bias-free orders cannot be stressed enough. The age-old example of punctuation saving a man from the gallows comes to mind. The story goes that a verdict read, “Hang him, not leave him.” This became, “Hang him not. Leave him.”

G.M. James,


An important function of the judiciary is to also make litigants and the public be aware of their rights through judgment writing, but this is lost sight of because of the oftentimes colossal length and complexity of verdicts. It is also a fact that many find it hard to understand judgments. As a law graduate, I do support the plea for concise and crisp judgments. This will also help to law students.

Yasharth Vikram,

Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

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