Chief Justice of India N. V. Ramana appreciated the appointments of many judges in high courts and the Supreme Court in recent times and called the period since July 2021 the fastest in recent decades in terms of appointments, said said Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju. said Friday.
Responding to a follow-up question on the vacancies of judges during Question Time, Mr Rijiju told Lok Sabha that the Center and the Supreme Court Collegium were working in tandem to reduce vacancies, but the government is required to exercise due diligence before appointing anyone as a judge. .
However, he said, since July 2021, when he took over as head of the Ministry of Law and Justice, many judges have been appointed to high courts as well as the Supreme Court.
“Even the Chief Justice of India has said that the period has seen the fastest appointment of judges for the last decades,” he said.
Mr. Rijiju said that it is a fact that some judge positions will always remain vacant because the process of appointing judges takes time.
“The system is like that and it takes time,” he said.
He said efforts are also underway to fill vacancies in the courts.
“Thanks to our efforts, the number of waits in income tax courts has fallen from 90,000 to 60,000,” he said.
Responding to another question, Mr Rijiju said it was difficult for the government to cap or regulate the “exorbitant” fees charged by some lawyers in the country, but efforts were underway to encourage good lawyers to take up care for the needy cases at no or minimal cost.
“It is difficult for the government to regulate or cap lawyers’ fees. It is true that some lawyers’ fees are so exorbitant that ordinary people cannot hire them,” he said.
The minister said good lawyers should come forward to take on the cases of the needy for free or for a nominal fee.
He said young lawyers should be encouraged to take on the cases of the poor on a pro bono basis.
“I will also launch a big campaign for everyone to get justice without difficulties or paying high fees,” he said.
Talking about the Mediation Bill, the Minister said that the Bill had been sent to the (parliamentary) Standing Committee and he was confident that it would come with a lot of reforms.
“I’m sure the bill will give relief to ordinary people who have little means to take legal action,” he said.
Mr. Rijiju said that mediation has been the tradition of India for centuries and millennia and the Meditation Bill should come up with suggestions on this.