Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Friday revealed that the Supreme Court’s Centre for Research and Planning, recently set up to aid the Collegium in making judicial appointments, has created a system to assess the top 50 High Court judges of the country who are in line to be elevated to the apex court..Speaking at the Ram Jethmalani Memorial Lecture 2023, he acknowledged the criticism the Supreme Court Collegium has faced for not having any concrete data about judges or lawyers being considered for appointment to the top court.“Let me also deal with one of the criticisms. I look at criticism in a very positive and optimistic perspective. Because if you look at criticism cynically, you can never improve your institution for the better,” CJI Chandrachud said..In this regard, he referred to the system adopted by the Centre for Research and Planning to improve transparency. However, he called it a "work in progress".He said that the Centre is headed by an officer of the Haryana Judicial Service and includes “two very distinguished young scholars” and a number of interns and law researchers.“We have prepared a dossier. I shouldn't call it a dossier, but we have prepared a broad platform where we have assessed every one of the top 50 judges in the country who would be considered for appointment as judges of the Supreme Court,” the CJI said..He added that the Centre has data on judgments and the quality of judgments the judges are delivering. He said that the idea was to make the process of recommending appointments to the Supreme Court more transparent.“Not transparent in terms of sharing our discussions in the public realm. You can't obviously do that. But by laying down objective parameters for selection both to the high courts and to the Supreme Court.".The CJI also revealed that the Centre is now in the process of creating a system for managing and reducing case pendency through a project aimed at increasing efficiency through improved case classification, grouping and tagging.“Phase one of the project is underway where we have collected data on pending dockets to frame guidelines,” he said, adding that a roadmap was also being prepared to audit criminal matters.The aim is to integrate granular data with integrated case management information systems, identify infructuous matters and devise strategies at an institutional level, he concluded.