Chief Justice of India Justice NV Ramana said on Friday that the judiciary was overstretched and he was prioritizing filling vacancies for judges and improving infrastructure to deal with the backlog of judges. business.
He said that after taking over as CJI, he addressed both of these issues.
“The reason for this is that access to justice is only possible when we provide a sufficient number of courts as well as infrastructure for the litigant public to approach the institution for justice,” he said. he declared during the inaugural session of the two-day conference of Telangana judicial officers here.
“Our court system is overburdened. It is an accepted fact and it is undisputed that the wait has increased in the courts and the reasons are hundreds. Under these circumstances the feeling is that once you go in court. how many years will it take for the It’s a big question mark. With the hierarchy of the appeal system in the country, it takes longer,” he observed. .
“That is why I have found it necessary to appoint as many judges as possible. I do not want to keep even a single post vacant in the high courts or the Supreme Court or the district judiciary and also strengthen the system,” he added.
Chief Justice Ramana said that a detailed survey of the Supreme Court Registry in different parts of the country revealed that the infrastructure of the courts was very poor and he requested the Center to strengthen it.
He urged judges to come out of fear of the pandemic. “Please make sincere efforts to spend more time in the courts, beyond normal court hours,” he said and expressed confidence that judges would do their part to deal with the backlog.
He told them that without improving the internal efficiency of the system, the goal cannot be achieved.
“Targeted action and effective case management can make a big difference,” he said and advised judges to use alternative dispute resolution methods whenever possible.
The CJI urged the judicial officers to exercise their judicial functions without any fear.
“I am aware of the increase in physical attacks against judges. I am doing everything possible to prevent such occurrences. Instructions have been issued to improve the security of judicial officers inside and outside the courts “, did he declare.
He asked the judicial officers to create a friendly environment for litigants who would be under a lot of stress.
“Always remember the human side of litigation. The law cannot be far from fairness. It is important to project the human face of justice whenever you have the opportunity to invoke your discretion. You need to be aware of the different vulnerabilities of parties like minors, women, people from the weaker strata of society, people with disabilities, etc. They may all have different requirements. Treat everyone with respect.”
He told the judges that the role they play is very important in the constitutional scheme.
“Apply your mind independently to the documents presented before you. For example, the requirements of the code of criminal procedure are not mere formalities. They are all important checks on the excesses of the executive and represent substantial rights of the ‘accused.”
He pointed out that the law is constantly changing. The High Courts and the Supreme Court issue numerous pronouncements on various subjects daily, laws are passed, directives and circulars are issued frequently.
“You have to keep up to date. The learning in this area never stops. Only when you are aware of changing law and precedents can you use the same for cases where you are seized and secure justice.”
Chief Justice Ramana said that after taking office from CJI, he cleared the pending case for two years to increase the number of Telangana High Court judges from 24 to 42.
Full praise for Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for sanctioning 4,320 positions in the judiciary, he said at a time when governments were cutting government jobs and appointing only on a base contract, it was no mean achievement.
The CJI also hailed the Chief Minister for realizing his dream of establishing the International Arbitration and Mediation Center (IAMC) in Hyderabad. He noted that with several global companies located in Hyderabad, the center will ensure prompt settlement of disputes and thus help in strengthening the economy.
Noting that requests are also coming from Maharashtra and other states to set up arbitration and mediation centers, he suggested that once the ADRIC in Hyderabad gets stronger, franchise centers may appear in other states. other states.
The Chief Minister thanked the CJI for increasing the number of judges in the Telangana High Court. He announced that the government would construct accommodation for the 42 High Court Judges on 30-42 acres of land near Durgam Cheruvu in the financial district and asked the CJI to lay the foundation stone for this.
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