Urbanomics: Court affidavits and behavioral economics


The wave of public opinion in favor of transparency in administration, exemplified by the landmark Right to Information (RTI) Act, may be an opportune moment to both demystify and illuminate with sunshine one of the most important wings of the government – judiciary.It cannot be denied that more than any other arm of the government, the formalities and conventions, procedures and rules, jargon and documentation, of the judicial system has always exerted an intimidating and forbidding effect on those seeking to access it. This is all the more surprising since this arm of governance was to be the “helper of last resort” for those who have failed to get justice elsewhere.

Urbanomics: Court affidavits and behavioral economics

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