Technology can facilitate speedy justice delivery: Kovind

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Sep 2018 08:57:07



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President exhorts lawyers not to seek adjournments except in unavoidable circumstances

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said that technology can be a great enabler of a speedy justice delivery system as he exhorted lawyers not to seek adjournments except in unavoidable circumstances.
Stating that there is a “culture of seeking adjournments as a norm rather than an exception”, the President called for curbing the practice and expressed confidence that the “entire legal fraternity will resolve not to seek adjournments except in absolutely unavoidable circumstances”.

The President said this while inaugurating a day-long national conference on “Technology, Training and Infrastructure: Keys to Speedy Justice” and “The Changing Face of Legal Education in India”, organised by the Supreme Court Advocate-on-Record Association.

Pointing out that the “judges are over burdened with sheer volume of cases” and as a “consequence, the Indian legal system is marked by long delays”, Kovind referred to the steps taken by the Government to reduce the backlog of cases including the merger of tribunals.

Further speaking on the occasion, the President noted that there is a backlog of 3.3 crore cases in various courts of the country. Of these, 2.84 crore cases are in the subordinate courts. Another 43 lakh are in the High Courts and about 58,000 in the Supreme Court.

Infrastructure gaps need to be addressed: CJI

Dwelling upon the issue of judicial infrastructure for an efficient justice delivery system, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said: “Investment in infrastructure remains a primary concern, for without adequate infrastructure development we cannot realise our commitment of justice for all.”
“The infrastructural gaps shall not be allowed to multiply for long. We must plug these gaps at the earliest opportunity before they leave a deep scar on the administration of justice and it becomes too late to act wisely,” Chief Justice Misra said.