CJI DY Chandrachud emphasized the colonial mindset of the higher courts with regard to the role of the district courts and called for the need to eliminate the mindset of considering the district courts as the subordinate judiciary at his congratulatory rally on 14 November in Delhi. “First and foremost, we need to change the face of district justice. We have fostered a culture of subordination. We call our subdistrict court a subordinate judiciary. I make a conscious effort not to view district judges as subordinate judges,” the CJI said. “District judges are not subordinates. They belong to the subdistrict court. We also need to change the way we think about how higher court judges view district justice,” he added. “We must ensure that we evolve towards a modern and equal justice system. Unless we in higher courts, be it HC or SC, realize that district jurisdiction is a cornerstone of the judicial system, nothing will change. We need to instil a sense of self-esteem in the district judiciary,” he added.