The Hindu Editorial (Judges pro tem) – Apr 23, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Judges pro tem) – Apr 23, 2021

The Supreme Court’s decision to invoke a “dormant provision” in the Constitution to clear the way for appointment of retired judges as ad hoc judges to clear the mounting arrears in the various High Courts… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Judges pro tem) – Apr 23, 2021.

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  1. pro tem (adverb) – temporarily, for the time being, for the moment.
  2. ad hoc (adjective) – emergency, makeshift, temporary, provisional; impromptu.
  3. rope in (phrasal verb) – persuade, convince, urge (someone to take part in an activity).
  4. backlog (noun) – accumulation, logjam, pile-up/excess.
  5. at the cost of (phrase) – at the loss of, at the expense of; disadvantage, downside, drawback.
  6. invoke (verb) – cite, refer to, adduce.
  7. dormant (adjective) – inactive, passive, inoperative.
  8. provision (noun) – clause, (legal) term, requirement, condition.
  9. clear the way (phrase) – make a space, make room; remove an obstruction/obstacle/hindrance.
  10. mounting (adjective) – increasing, growing, rising, escalating.
  11. arrears (noun) – pending/outstanding cases.
  12. indictment (noun) – a formal charge, accusation, allegation (of a serious misconduct/wrongdoing).
  13. extraordinary (adjective) – unusual, uncommon, rare.
  14. lie with (verb) – be the responsibility; the fault of a person.
  15. collegium (noun) – The collegium system is the one in which the Chief Justice of India and a forum of four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court recommend appointments & transfers of judges. There is no mention of the collegium in the Constitution of India.
  16. tardiness (noun) – belatedness, unpunctuality, lateness/delay.
  17. Article 224A of the Constitution (noun) – Article 224A enables a Chief Justice of a High Court, with the previous consent of the President, to request a former High Court judge to “sit and act as a judge” of the High Court to hear cases.
  18. consent (noun) – agreement, assent, approval.
  19. bench (noun) – a court of law with a number of judges.
  20. make clear (phrase) – explain, clarify, elucidate.
  21. recourse to (noun) – resort to, make use of, use, avail oneself of, utilize, employ.
  22. in respect of (phrase) – with respect to; concerning, regarding.
  23. pendency (noun) – something pending; something remaining undecided.
  24. quite (adverb as submodifier) – to a certain extent; fairly, reasonably.
  25. concerning (adjective) – worrying, alarming, bothersome.
  26. account for (phrasal verb) – constitute, comprise, form, represent.
  27. correlation (noun) – connection, link, relation.
  28. relatively (adverb) – comparatively, proportionately, somewhat, to a certain extent/degree.
  29. stand at (verb) – be at a particular level.
  30. sparingly (adverb) – in small quantities; barely, meagrely.
  31. dispose of (verb) – get rid of, do away with, discard.
  32. endeavour (noun) – activity, pursuit, exercise, undertaking; aim/effort.
  33. come with (phrasal verb) – be associated with an event; exist/develop as a result of something; accompany.
  34. trigger point (noun) – something (a particular situation) that causes an event.
  35. go beyond (phrasal verb) – to go past something, exceed, surpass.
  36. institution (noun) – initiation, commencement, starting.
  37. Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) (noun) – a guideline for the selection of high court judges.
  38. expedite (verb) – speed up, accelerate, hurry/hasten, step up, quicken.
  39. tenure (noun) – term, time, period.
  40. transitory (adjective) – temporary, brief, short, short-lived.
  41. constrain (verb) – restrict, control, check, restrain.
  42. give up (phrasal verb) – stop, discontinue, abandon, renounce, forgo.
  43. propensity (noun) – tendency, inclination, predisposition, readiness.
  44. hold back (phrasal verb) – stop, discontinue, withhold; restrict, restrain, block.
  45. judiciary (noun) – judges
  46. the judiciary (noun) – a branch of government in which judicial power is vested.
  47. expertise (noun) – proficiency, skill, knowledge, command.
  48. hint (noun) – trace, indication, sign, implication.
  49. favouritism (noun) – prejudice, partiality; unfairness, one-sidedness.


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