Judges should not give unnecessary adjournment: Chief Justice of India

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Holding adjournment culture as one of the main reasons for huge pendency, the Chief Justice of India on Thursday asked Judges of all courts to discourage the practice of frequent adjournments sought by lawyers to ensure speedy justice.

Speaking on the occasion of Law Day, Justice Dattu said that problem of pendency is the most challenging job faced by judiciary and the Judges should invent new process for quick disposal of cases. He said the disposal rate of cases in Supreme Court has been at all time high as 83,013 cases were disposed of in 2014, on average 227 per day.

“Nation is at cross roads where on the one hand we are progressing but on the other hand there are poor and vulnerable sections of society who are neglected and not getting justice. It is the Judiciary’s task to ensure that deprived sections are not denied justice. Access to justice should be all pervasive,” he said while speaking at the function held in Supreme Court premises.

The Union law minister Sadananda Gowda also expressed concern over the delay in getting justice and said that government is committed to increase number of judges in lower judiciary and also to provide proper infrastructure.

He said that high cost of litigation and cumbersome judicial process are the impediments in the way of common people to approach the court. He said that people have to make aware about their rights and also quality of legal aid provided to the poor must be improved.

Hailing Constitution as holy documents at par with other religious books, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the Constitution has stood the test of time and has been able to live up to the people’s expectation.

“What will hold this country together is this document and only this document. Lets protect the document zealously. This document has got same status as other religious books of Gita, Quran, Bible and Guru Granth Sahib,” he said.

He, however, warned that stretching constitution beyond what it is meant for by Executive, Legislature, Judiciary or any authority would lead to chaos which must be discouraged.

SOURCE: TIMES OF INDIA

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