Union Law Minister Calls on States to Provide Adequate Security to Judges and Courts


Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday urged the state government to provide adequate security for judges and court complexes as a safe and healthy environment for the courts is necessary to ensure free justice and fair.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of the High Courts, the Minister said:

“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 for judges and court complexes. I also urge all other court officials, including the Bar Association, to create an enabling and conducive environment for maintaining the decorum of the courts and court complexes”

He said that one of the agendas of the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief High Court Justices is to propose the creation of dedicated commercial courts in the event of the suspension of more than 500 commercial disputes in a state. .

“For speedy resolution of commercial cases, the Commercial Courts Act was passed and again amended in 2018, which led to the establishment of dedicated commercial courts for the first time in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru with a dedicated infrastructure and exclusive members and staff.This has drawn attention to the resolution of business disputes and their rapid elimination.

As part of the agenda for this meeting, it is proposed that in the event that more than 500 commercial disputes are pending, state governments could consider establishing an additional dedicated commercial tribunal for the same. In cases where the expectation is less than 500 commercial disputes, the establishment of designated commercial courts may be considered to facilitate the efficient and expeditious resolution of commercial cases.”

Under the Electronic Courts Integration Mode Project, 18,735 courts across the country have been Computerized

Emphasizing the e-Court onboarding mode project which was launched to improve access to justice using technology, the Minister said,

“The CoVID pandemic has hit our court service delivery mechanism hard, embarking on the Hon. PM’s ‘Digital India’ vision. The e-Court onboarding mode project was launched with the aim of improving access to justice using technology Under the project 18735 courts across the country have been computerized Our courts have risen to the occasion and used information technology and innovative communication technologies to keep the court system accessible to the common man through electronic filing of cases and hearing via video conferencing.The Supreme Court has become the world leader with over 2.8 lakh virtual hearings. The HC and District Courts conducted over 1.84 crore of virtual hearings.

Through the National Court Data Grid, lawyers and litigants can access the status of cases from our 20.23 Crore Cases and 17.22 Crore Orders

Highlighting another important contribution related to the eCourt integration mode, the Minister of Justice said: “Another important contribution is the National Court Data Grid through which lawyers and litigants can access the status of our 20.23 crores of cases and 17.22 crores of orders and judgments. concerning the courts.”

“Data is uploaded in real time by the Court, another landmark achievement of eCourts is the establishment of virtual courts. There are 17 virtual courts operating in 13 states and UT that primarily deal with minor traffic violations. This court covered nearly 1.39 crore of cases and made 236.88 crore of online fines.

Apart from being environmentally friendly as cases are adjudicated in a less paper-based manner, it has saved court manpower and added convenience for citizens. An area of ​​legislative and policy reforms has been launched to strengthen the contract regime as part of the government’s ease of doing business initiative.”

He also said that emphasis has been placed on promoting the ADR mechanism. The Mediation Bill 2021 is introduced in Parliament, continuing the government’s efforts to provide disputing parties with an effective remedy avoiding recourse to litigation.

NALSA’s efforts praised

Welcoming NALSA’s efforts, the Minister of Justice said, “I take this opportunity to commend NALSA’s efforts in taking steps to introduce pre-institutional mediation online filing and in conducting specially designed eLok adalats during the pandemic. I am pleased to inform that the Ministry of Justice is entering into an agreement with NALSA with the aim of creating synergy between the regime, especially Tele Law and Nyaya Bandhu. This agreement will facilitate the expansion of the services of “Tele Law” through trained attorneys in every district of the country. I ask all states and UT to extend their full support to reach the unreached.”

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