Vacancies for judges up two-fold: Chief Justice

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Madurai, Jun 23 (UNI) Admitting that a lot of vacancies existed for judges posts in various courts, Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan today said there was a two-fold increase in the requirement.

Inaugurating a 'Continuous Lok Adalat' at Madurai Bench of Madras High Court here, he said in Tamil Nadu alone, 400 vacancies existed in various courts and efforts were on to fill up at least 200 by the Centre.

Hoping that the vacancies would be filled up soon, he said infrastructure facilities in court buildings were good in Tamil Nadu.

He appealed to the Centre and state governments to allocate more funds for the development of judiciary and said at least one per cent of the GDP should be allocated for judiciary.

He added lack of infrastructure and vacancies in the judiciary were the reasons for pendency of cases.

He said however, buildings alone do not make a High Court. People working there, the Bar and the advocates should make it a temple of justice and make people believe that they will get justice.

Mr Balakrishnan said Lok Adalat was one of the ways to bring down the number of pending cases.

In his address Justice P Sadasivam, Judge of Supreme Court recommended that state governments should form a high-level committee to resolve disputes between government departments and undertakings.

He said officials should be encouraged to participate in the Lok Adalats.

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