Chennai, Nov 4 (UNI) Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan today said additional courts were required to clear the 2.56 crore cases pending in various courts in the country.
Participating in the valedictory function of the three-day regional workshop on 'Techniques and Tools for Enhancing Timely Justice,' organised by the National Judicial Academy and Tamil Nadu Judicial Academy here, he said there were about 14,600 courts in the country.
''There is a need for at least 5,000 more courts to clear the huge backlog of cases in various courts,'' he added.
Stating that states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh had provided funds to set up more courts, he wanted the other states to allot more funds for setting up new courts.
Exhorting the judges to understand the problem of the litigants and give proper solution, Mr Balakrishnan said the judges had to pay attention to their problems.
''Such a behaviour will reflect the condition of the judicial system in the country,'' he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Tamil Nadu PWD and Law Minister Duraimurugan said steps were being taken to make judicial process online to ensure transparency and accountability.
He said the state government would set up 72 new courts, including 15 Magistrate courts in 2007-08.