Pointing out that “one of the major challenges to the protection of rule of law and human rights is the inability of the formal justice system to deliver speedy and affordable justice to all”, Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana on Saturday mentioned that the nation’s “justice delivery mechanism in India is very complex and expensive”.
The CJI was talking after laying the inspiration stone of a brand new High Court constructing advanced in Srinagar.
CJI Ramana sought to emphasize that “for the functioning of a healthy democracy, it is imperative that the people feel that their rights and dignity are protected and recognised”.
He mentioned that fixing the issues of infrastructure of the courts “is very close to my heart” and added that “I have consistently emphasized the need for development and modernization of infrastructure”.
“Sadly, post-Independence, judicial infrastructure has not been over-hauled to meet the demands of growing needs of modern India,” the CJI mentioned. He mentioned that the situation of judicial infrastructure throughout the nation is way from passable and courts are working from rented lodging and underneath deplorable situations.
CJI Ramana lamented that “we are far behind in making our courts inclusive and accessible” and cautioned that “if we don’t attend to this urgently, the Constitutional ideal of access to justice would stand defeated”.
There can also be the necessity for filling up vacancies, he mentioned, including that 22% of the posts within the district judiciary are nonetheless mendacity vacant. “Steps have to be initiated immediately to fill this gap. Appropriate steps are also required to be taken for providing security and accommodation for all judges,” the CJI added.
Citing poet Raja Basu, the CJI mentioned, “Jammu and Kashmir is the confluence of three great religions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam…it is this confluence which is at the heart of our plurality which needs to be sustained and cherished.”