It is important that the courts operate in a safe environment, says Minister of Justice Rijiju

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Saying that it is extremely important for the courts to operate in a safe environment to dispense free and fair justice, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday urged state governments to provide adequate security for judges and in courthouses.

He also called on law societies to create an environment conducive to maintaining decorum in courts and court complexes.

Addressing a joint conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts here attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, he said the coronavirus pandemic had hit hard justice delivery mechanism, but that the courts have risen to the virtual challenge.

The Supreme Court has become a global leader with over 2.8 lakh virtual hearings. High courts and lower courts together have heard nearly two million cases virtually.

“I would like to reiterate that in order to ensure free and fair justice, it is extremely important that court complexes operate in a safe and healthy environment. I call on state governments to provide adequate security to judges and court complexes “, he said.

His remarks came amid shooting and blast incidents inside court compounds in cities including the nation’s capital.

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