Judiciary overburdened with overwhelming cases: Chief Justice

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Gulbarga, Sep 21 (UNI) Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran today expressed concern over increasing cases while the machinery and infrastructure of the judicial establishment available for dispensation of justice were not growing proportionately.

Addressing a workshop on ''advocates as resource person in legal literacy programme'' organised jointly by the State Legal Service Authority and BAR association of Gulbarga here, the Chief Justice said common man was put under the impression that only the rich and mighty could afford to go to courts to get justice.

Justice Dinakaran said the masses were losing confidence in getting justice in time and a large number of people were not aware of their legal rights.

He exhorted the legal service authority to create legal awareness and provide legal help to the people.

''Every pending litigation has got a relevant bearing on the socio-economic reforms on the country. Because one dispute leads to another disaster, it is essential to resolve the conflict the moment it raises its head'' he said and asked the legal service authority and other relevant authorities to find solution, even at the pre-litigation state.

Allaying speculations that the judges of the Gulbarga Circuit Bench would be reduced, Mr Dinakaran made it clear that the strength of Judges would not be reduced and the bench would be elevated as permanent High Court bench.

Former National Human Rights Commission Chairman and former Supreme Court Judge Shivraj Patil said after setting up of High Court circuit benches, pendency of cases would decline.

Mr Patil suggested setting up of courts, irrespective of the number of cases.

High Court Judge justices S V Gopal Gowda, K L Manjunath, N K Patil, B S Patil also spoke on the occasion.

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