Centre on the Death Penalty releases report on perceptions of retired judges on death penalty

In a first of its kind report, ‘Matters of Judgment’ maps understandings of the rarest of the rare doctrine among 60 former judges, to get insights into the manner in which judicial discretion is exercised. The study analyses the reasons for the retention and abolition of death penalty, and maps the juridical discourse on death penalty. The study concludes that the sentencing structure in India falls short of fair trial requirements that have been established in other retentionist jurisdictions. The study calls for further scrutiny of sentencing practices.