HC CJ advocates multiple strategies for speedy justice

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Chandigarh, Nov 28 (UNI) Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice T S Thakur today stressed the need for a national planning and management system for the administration of justice and for adopting a multi pronged, multi dimensional approach and strategy to meet the challenges that the judicial system is facing today due to increasing population.

Justice Thakur was addressing the inaugural session of the 1st North Zone Regional Workshop on 'Planning and Management for Timely Justice' organised under the joint auspices of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh Judicial Academy and National Judicial Academy, Bhopal here.

Stating that the number of cases pending in the subordinate courts and district courts had risen to 2.60 crore and more than 38 lakh cases had been pending in the High Court, he said "it is very disturbing that despite numerous measures taken by the government as also by the judiciary by way of increasing the judges' strength, establishment of permanent Lok Adalats, promotion of Alternative Disputes Redressal Mechanisms, establishment of Mediation and Conciliation Centres and above all despite reforms in the procedural laws applicable to adjudication of disputes, the back log of cases has kept on increasing every year." "No single step, reform or measure can help wipe out the arrears and ensure disposal of cases within a reasonable time frame. There is no magic wand that can either reform the system or over-night reduce the arrears of cases. Only a multi pronged, multi dimensional approach and strategy can help the judiciary in meeting this challenge," he said.

Stressing on providing proper training to the judges he said, "Pressure of work on Courts today is so great that the Judges need to be trained not only to cope with the volume of work but also diversity arising from the proliferation of laws that the Courts are called upon to enforce and administer." MORE UNI PS SV AS1703

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