CJI NV Ramana Says An Effective Judicial System Can Contribute To Economic Growth | Latest India News
An insufficiently supported justice system not only has an impact on a country’s gross domestic product (GDP), but also costs it foreign investment, lamented Indian Chief Justice (CJI) NV Ramana on Saturday, as he implored the central government to ensure the financial autonomy of the institution. whether a “different outcome” is to be expected from the judicial system.
“An effective justice system can contribute to the effective growth of the economy. According to an international study published in 2018, failure to deliver justice in a timely manner costs the country up to 9% of annual GDP. In addition, the impact of an underfunded justice system is also visible on foreign investments. Without adequate infrastructure, we cannot aspire to fill this gap, ”said CJI, speaking in Aurangabad at the inaugural ceremony of two new wings of the Aurangabad Court annex building of the Bombay High Court.
Judge Ramana focused on what he called “a deeper structural problem which has hampered the development of judicial infrastructure in our country since independence,” lamenting the lack of good infrastructure which makes exercise difficult. effective performance of their functions by the courts.
“Judicial infrastructure is important for improving access to justice and for meeting the growing demands of a public more aware of their rights and who develop economically, socially and culturally. It is disconcerting that the improvement and maintenance of judicial infrastructure is always carried out on an ad hoc and unplanned basis, ”he said.
Affirming that the courts are essential for any society governed by the rule of law, CJI stressed that court buildings are not simply structures made of mortar and bricks, but that they ensure the constitutional guarantee of the right to justice. and assure all seekers of justice that they need not worry about the power of the state.
“If we want a different outcome from the court system, we cannot continue to work under these circumstances… A good court infrastructure for courts in India has always been an afterthought. It is because of this state of mind that Indian courts still operate from dilapidated structures, which makes it difficult to exercise their function effectively, ”Judge Ramana lamented.
Emphasizing that Indian courts have always stood up whenever individuals or society are the target of executive excesses, CJI argued that institutionalizing the mechanism for improving judicial infrastructure is the best gift. that the people and the country should receive in this 75th year of India’s independence.
CJI has sent a proposal to establish the National Judicial Infrastructure Authority of India (NJIAI) to the Ministry of Justice. “I urge the Honorable Minister of Law and Justice to speed up the process and ensure that the proposal to create the NJIAI with statutory support is taken into account in the next winter session of parliament,” did he declare.
Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju attended the event. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Supreme Court Justices Uday U Lalit, Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, BR Gavai and AS Oka and Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta also attended the ceremony.
In its address, CJI called for the removal of the stigma associated with citizens going to court to seek redress for their grievances. “It is a common notion that only criminals or victims of crime go to court. People are proud to say that we have never seen a court in our life. But, it is high time that we made efforts to lift the taboo associated with the approach of the courts for the assertion of their rights ”, he declared.
Judge Ramana added that the common man deals with multiple legal issues in the course of her life and therefore she should never hesitate to go to court, as people’s faith in the justice system is the greatest. strength of a democracy.
Statistics presented by the CJI during its speech
* Number of sanctioned judicial officers: 24,280
* number of courtrooms available: 20,143 (including 620 rooms rented)
* 26% of judicial complexes do not have separate toilets for women
* 16% do not have a toilet, even for men
* 46% of judicial complexes have no installation of purified drinking water
* 95% of judicial complexes do not have basic medical facilities
* 68% of courtrooms do not have separate recording rooms
* 49% of judicial complexes do not have a library
* 73% of courtrooms do not have a computer placed on the judge’s platform with the possibility of videoconferencing