The students of classes S3 and S6 of The Modern School, ECNCR went on a field trip to Supreme Court Museum on October 11, 2018 to enhance their understanding regarding the Indian Judicial system.
The Supreme Court Museum was set up with a view to preserve, protect and display rare objects, artefacts, manuscripts, old documents, files and photographs, depicting India’s legal heritage and growth of India’s Justice Delivery System.
The tour of the museum consisted of three parts. The tour started with the two viewing rooms where the students came across the pictorial evolution of Indian Judiciary- from the Indus Valley Civilisation to its present grandeur. The artefacts from the early civilisations and kingdoms consisted of stone inscriptions, coins, stamps and farmans (official orders of the king). The English translation of Quran was also on display.
The group was able to see the starting of the federal legal system initiated by the British through documents and government of India acts passed by the British. The Constitution of India was also on display which formed the foundation of Judicial system after the Independence of India.
The group came across the judgement and case files of some of the highest profile and landmark cases of Supreme court that had shaped the ideas of the people and relationship between the state and the people like His Holiness Kesavananda Bharati Sripadagalvaru and Ors. v. State of Kerala and Anr.Golaknath v. State of Punjab, Indira Gandhi v. Raj Narain etc. along with the assassination case file of Mahatma Gandhi and Indira Gandhi to name a few.
In the viewing room, replicas of the present-day Supreme court, Karnataka high court, Punjab-Haryana High court, Patna high court and a court room were on display along with the official dress code of the judges during the British period as well as the furniture and materials used by the judges during the early years of judiciary under British era.
The second part of the tour consisted of a virtual tour of Supreme Court of India. In the documentary, the evolution of Supreme court, jurisdiction of Supreme court namely original, appellate and advisory, and how Supreme court functioned every day. It explained the history of Supreme court’s present location.
The last part of the tour was an interactive session with the spokesperson of the Supreme Court Museum, who further explained the code of conduct and working of the Supreme Court.
Overall it was an enriching experience for all, as they encountered the history of India which helped in India’s evolution and progress.