Chief Justice NV Ramana today raised several concerns about court infrastructure as he shared the stage with Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju. He also urged the Minister of Justice to ensure that the proposal for the creation of the National Judicial Infrastructure Authority is considered during the winter session of parliament.
“Judicial infrastructure of courts in India has always been an afterthought. It is because of this mindset that Indian courts are still operating with dilapidated structures which makes it difficult for them to function efficiently,” said the chief judge at an event.
Only 5% of court complexes have basic medical aid, and 26% of courts “do not have separate toilets for women and 16% of courts do not even have toilets for men”, a- he pointed out. Nearly 50% of court complexes have no library and 46% of court complexes have no water purification facilities.
Regarding the key proposal related to judicial infrastructure, he said: “I have sent the proposal to the Minister for Union Law. I hope for a positive response soon and that the Minister for Union Law will speed up the process”.
This is the second time the Chief Justice has made a request regarding a justice-related issue while sharing the stage with the Minister of Justice. The last time was about asking for the government’s quick approval for the recommendations made by the Supreme Court panel for the appointment of judges to the high courts.
The event in Aurangabad was also attended by Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray.
Earlier, Mr. Rijiju said: “There is no justice policy. We are just different parts of the system, but we are a team. Politics is the essence of democracy, but when it comes to justice, there is no politics. .”
Citing international research published in 2018, Chief Justice Ramana pointed out that “failure to deliver justice in a timely manner can cost the country up to 9% of annual GDP”. “Without adequate court infrastructure, we cannot aspire to close this gap,” he stressed.
“Court infrastructure is important for improving access to justice and meeting growing public demands. the autonomy of the judiciary is an integral part,” he said.
The courts are ‘not only for criminals but also for ordinary people’, the Chief Justice insisted today.
“It is a common notion that only criminals or victims of crime come to court. People are proud to say that we have never seen a court in our lifetime. But it is high time we Let us make efforts to remove the taboo associated with approaching the courts. for the assertion of their rights. One should never hesitate to approach the courts. After all, the confidence of citizens in justice is the greatest strength of democracy.
Courts are not simply structures made of mortar and bricks…they actively uphold the constitutional guarantee of the right to justice.”
While the Chief Justice highlighted the infrastructure issues during his speech, he also thanked the Minister of Justice at the end: “I am happy to share the stage again with Kiren Rijiju. His enthusiasm and commitment to the cause of justice is reflected in the frequency of our encounters in recent months through such events.