The central government has taken initiatives to dispose of all pending cases in various courts across the country within three years, union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily said here Saturday.
“The union government, besides taking steps for judicial reforms, is also modernising court administration across the country with the latest information technology,” Moily said after inaugurating a new building of the Agartala bench of the Gauhati High Court.
“To settle all pending cases at lower levels within six months, the ‘Gram Nyayalayas’ (rural courts) along with a mobile court system was introduced in October last year across India,” he said.
“The setting up of ‘Gram Nyayalayas’ and introducing mobile courts were significant steps to reduce arrears of legal disputes. The new systems are likely to reduce around 50 percent of the pending cases in subordinate courts,” the minister said.
The union government has taken a series of steps to provide speedy justice to people living in Maoist-ravaged areas, he said.”The centre in association with the state government has taken a number of initiatives to give speedy justice to poor, tribal and economically backward litigants living in the Maoist-devastated areas and states,” the law minister said.
To the applause from lawyers, legislators, bureaucrats and people, the law minister said that necessary process has been initiated to set up a full fledged high court in Tripura within the next few months.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who heads the state’s law department, said that the rampant corruption in judiciary must be checked.
Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Madan B. Lokur said that the latest information technology to be used in the Agartala bench of the high court would be the first of its kind in the country.