Kiren Rijiju said the mother tongue should not be considered inferior to English. He claimed he does not subscribe to the idea that a lawyer should get more respect, business or fees just for speaking English.
Union Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday (July 16) that regional and local languages should be promoted in proceedings in lower and higher courts. He also said 71 outdated laws would be repealed in the monsoon session of parliament starting Monday.
The minister said the mother tongue should not be considered inferior to English. He claimed he does not subscribe to the idea that a lawyer should get more respect, business or fees just because he speaks English.
He also said that the courts should not be just for the privileged, but that the doors of justice should be open to all, equally.
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“Arguments and judgment in the Supreme Court are conducted in English. But our vision is that in high courts and lower courts, regional and local languages should be given priority,” Rijiju said during the inaugural session of the 18th All India Legal Services Authority in Jaipur.
3.5 million prisoners in prison
“About 3.5 lakh prisoners in the country are on trial and in jail, most of them are from poor families. In each district there is a committee headed by the district judge to look into these case, and if necessary, they can be released on bail,” he added.
He said about 71 laws will be repealed during the parliamentary session.
“The government is committed to making the lives of citizens free from unnecessary hassles, especially caused by the burden of compliance due to archaic laws and rules. To move forward in this direction, 71 different laws will be repealed in the next session of Parliament,” Rijiju said.
“The government is committed to making the lives of #CITIZENS free from unnecessary hassles, especially caused by the burden of compliance due to archaic acts and rules. Move in this direction, 71 different laws to be repealed in the next #Parliament session.”
–HMLJ @KirenRijiju pic.twitter.com/lw02vR0FGk
— Kiren Rijiju Office (@RijijuOffice) July 16, 2022
5 million pending cases
Expressing concern over the growing number of ongoing cases in the country, he said such cases will reach 5 crores but the wait can be reduced through coordination between the judiciary and the government.
The government and the judiciary must have good coordination to achieve the goal of bringing justice to the people, Rijiju said.
As of May 2022, over 4.7 million cases were pending before the courts at different levels of the court system.
Free Tele-Droit service
Rijiju also announced that starting this year, the Tele-Law service will be free for everyone.
“From this year, the Tele-Law service is made free for citizens of the country,” Rijiju announced.
Tele–Law integrates legal aid to marginalized people who seek legal aid by connecting them with a panel of lawyers through tele/video conferencing infrastructure available at Common Service Centers (CSCs) in 1 lakh Gram Panchayats .
For easy and direct access, the Tele-Law mobile application (Android and IoS) was also launched in 2021 and is currently available in 22 programmed languages. Benefiting from this digital revolution, Tele-Law has expanded the reach of legal services to more than 20 lakh beneficiaries in just five years, the Ministry of Law and Justice said.
(With agency contributions)