KATHMANDU, July 15 The Supreme Court on Wednesday sent an 18-point suggestion to the Constituent Assembly on the draft constitution, stating that there should be no provision for the Constitutional Court in the new constitution. The apex court stated that a special constitutional bench could be permanently set up at the SC to look into the constitutional issues. The SC has, however, not stated reasons for not having the Constitutional Court. A three-member SC committee had submitted a report to the full court last week, stating that if Constitutional Court were established its jurisdiction could come into conflict with that of the Supreme Court. The SC added that the recommendation made by the Second Judges’ Conference should be incorporated in the new constitution if judicial autonomy and independent judiciary had to be maintained. On draft constitution’s provision of having 14 justices apart from the CJ at the SC, the apex court stated that there should be 24 justices besides the CJ. The SC suggested that advocates and senior advocates should have 20 years of continuous legal practice to be eligible for appointment as SC justices. It also suggested that the chief justice and justices should not be made to go through the parliamentary hearing process. It added that there should be no provision about reappointment of judges. It also asked the CA to consider increasing the retirement age of the justices. The SC opposed the draft constitution’s provision that intends to authorise the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority to investigate impeached justices, adding that it would be against the concept of independent judiciary to authorise the CIAA to investigate serving or former judges. The draft constitution states that SC will have extra-ordinary jurisdiction to issue writs and orders ‘to provide appropriate remedies’ but the apex court suggested that the draft should mention ‘to provide appropriate remedies and delivering complete justice,’ instead, as that would help provide effective justice to the petitioners. The draft constitution states that the CJ and justices will be barred from pleading in the court and taking up reconciliation and mediation profession after retirement but the SC wants the words ‘reconciliation and mediation profession’ removed from the draft. The SC opposed the provision of Provincial Judicial Service Commission and stated that there was no need to define contempt of court. It demanded that at least one per cent of the fiscal budget should be earmarked for judiciary and SC should have administrative autonomy to appoint staff. Other demands • There should be 24 justices besides the CJ at the SC, instead of only 14 • Chief justice and justices should not be made to go through the parliamentary hearing process • CA should consider increasing the retirement age of the justices • CIAA should not be authorised to investigate serving or former judges