About Us
The Project
In 2016, the Centre for Law and Policy Research set the Supreme Court Observer. This is a non-partisan journalistic effort to make the work of the Supreme Court intelligible to any person interested in Indian public affairs. The aim of SC Observer is to communicate the relevance and importance of the Supreme Court’s work in a constitutional democracy without embellishment or outrage and focus public attention on issues of great public significance.The emphasis of the project is accessibility and simple presentation to ensure maximum public engagement. The Observer owes its inspiration to the SCOTUSblog which provides a similar service for the Supreme Court of the United States.
Phase 1

Phase 1 of the project (2016-2017) included:

Case tracker

The Observer tracks certain high impact cases from inception to completion before the Court. The primary criterion for the selection of cases will be their potential to affect ordinary lives.

All tracked cases contain the following:

  1. A calendar tracking the day-to-day progress of the case
  2. Copies of all important documents associated with the case including but not limited to pleadings, a summary of arguments and judgments.
  3. A plain English explanation of the issues involved and the potential impact of the case.

Accessibility and Outreach

To improve accessibility, the Observer provides plain English descriptions of:

  1. The jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
  2. The procedure of the Court.
  3. A glossary of legal terms used.
  4. Flow charts detailing the progress of cases before the Court.
The Team
Sudhir Krishnaswamy
Satya Prasoon
Ashwini Tallur