New Delhi, December 01, 2023.

The State is under obligation to ensure that judicial officers have dignified conditions of work and it cannot cite scarce resources to deny them human dignity after retirement, the Supreme Court said on Thursday.

Members of the district judiciary are the first point of engagement for citizens who are confronted with the need for dispute resolution, it said.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud said judicial independence, which is necessary to preserve the faith and confidence of common citizens in the rule of law, can be ensured and enhanced so long as judges are able to lead their lives with a sense of financial dignity.