Technology must for efficient working of courts: CJI

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jun 2018 10:59:42



CJI Dipak Misra inaugurates new building of District Court


Staff Reporter

“District courts are foundation steps of judicial system. Infrastructure equipped with technology is the foremost need to enhance working efficiency of courts. Advance facilities having adequate space with dignified atmosphere for judges, litigants, lawyers and fourth pillar the officials and employees of judiciary should be developed also in other districts of the State. To materialise this dream of having technologically sound court rooms in every district headquarters, having atmosphere that maintains dignity of all the stake holders be it litigants, lawyers, judges and officers of judiciary such inclusive development should be planned for every district by the Chief Minister and Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh about such needs and should plan for the development of such projects”, said Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra addressing the gathering at public dedication ceremony and inauguration of the newly-constructed building of the District Court, Jabalpur, on Friday.

CJI Misra further emphasised on facilities for litigants in court premises. But it is the duty of the State to provide adequate infrastructure so that litigant could feel to fight for justice. Litigant has rights to litigate with dignity and when he feels his dignity he would fight for justice and for his dignity. The new building of Jabalpur District Court could be an ideal model for the whole nation to change the whole system.

He further highlighted the need of technology inclusion in the present system of judiciary and said “We cannot imagine courts without technology. Courts should be equipped with advance facilities like digitalisation of court records, proper and comfortable atmosphere fitted with ACs. It would help in efficiency building of the courts while improvement in condition of courts would enhance deliverance of the justice. Earlier, new building of the District Court was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra by cutting the ribbon and inspecting court rooms. He was accompanied by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court Justice Hemant Gupta, Chief Justice of the Patna High Court Justice Rajendra Menon, Administrative Judge of MPHC Justice S K Seth, Justice R S Jha, Portfolio Judge of the Jabalpur District Court and District Bar Association President R K Singh Saini were also present.

Chief Minister Chouhan, welcoming the CJI Dipak Mishra and other eminent dignitaries on behalf of people of Madhya Pradesh, said that day is special for Jabalpur as new building of District Court is dedicated to public by the Chief Justice of India. He said “We believe that for efficient delivery of Justice in courts basic but adequate infrastructure and facilities are foremost needed. The government is committed to fulfill the demands in this direction. He further said that the Advocates Protection Act which is being demanded since long would soon be brought in State as time has come when final draft is in hands and soon would be a brought in house.

Chief Minister expressed distress on incident took place with a minor girl in Mandsaur district. He says that for the culprits of such heinous crime for committing rape with minor should be hanged at the earliest. He said Madhya Pradesh Government has taken decision to start fast track courts to decide such serious crime on priority. He appealed the CJI Misra that fast tract courts should be constituted at High Court and Supreme Court so that such dreaded criminals could be hanged till death in six months so that fear of law could be established amongst such miscreants and life of many innocents could be saved.

Chief Justice of MPHC of Justice Hemant Gupta said that new building of District Court is constructed on 77,192 sq meter buildup area with cost around Rs 200 crores. With over 55 court rooms the building has space for the litigants, lawyers and judiciary officers. He said District Courts are the preliminary and basic or foundation for establishing the law. The question of law is decided by senior courts but the process starts from district courts and he called it ‘Karmabhoomi’ for the people in Legal fraternity.

Justice R S Jha, Portfolio Judge of Jabalpur District Court welcomed CJI Dipak Misra, Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, MPHC Chief Justice, Hemant Gupta, Patna High Court Chief Justice, Justice Rajendra Menon and other dignitaries present on the occasion and apprised about the project of new building of the District Court of Jabalpur.
Programme commenced with lighting of traditional lamp. President of District Bar Association R K Singh Saini proposed a vote of thanks while programme concluded with recitation of National Anthem.