PIL filed in Supreme Court to double number of judges

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New Delhi, May 12: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court to double the number of judges in the country for speedy trial of pending cases.

Currently judiciary is inaccessible for 75-80% of the people because of various reasons.

PIL in SC to double number of judges

The long pendency of cases in courts, especially in the subordinate courts and the way our criminal justice system is working has forced many to lose faith in judiciary.

As per the petitioner, judicial reform is very necessary to secure fundamental right of fair trial and speedy justice.

The petitioner has requested the Supreme Court to issue a direction or order or writ including writ in the nature of mandamus or an appropriate writ, order or direction as may be necessary.

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The petitioner has prayed for the following

"The PIL also requested to direct the respondents to double the number of judges, as recommended by the Law Commission in its 245th Report, which is essential to secure the fundamental right of fair trial and speedy justice to the citizens."

"It also requests to issue a direction or order or writ including writ in the nature of mandamus or such other writ, order or direction as may be necessary; directing the Respondents to expedite the Judicial Reform as suggested by the Law Commission in its 221st and 230th Report and implement the Resolution of the Advisory Council of the National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms and the Resolution of the Chief Justices and Chief Ministers Conference 2013."

"Issue such other writ, order or directions as may be necessary to secure the fundamental right of fair trial and speedy justice and allow cost to the petitioner."

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