CJI steps up pressure on state governments

Chief Justice Dipak Misra has stepped up pressure on state governments for the upgradation of infrastructure for trial courts, saying that state governments cannot cite financial constraint as an alibi to deny crucial facilities to courts which are saddled with 2.7 crore pending cases.

Describing district judiciary as the pillars key for ensuring that people’s faith in judiciary stays intact, the CJI said it was unacceptable that the trial courts were having to work in pathetic conditions. “The members of district judiciary are the pillars, who really establish the public faith. It can be stated with certitude that the district judiciary forms the backbone of judiciary as it functions at the grass root level, where initial grievances are agitated,” he said while inaugurating a district court complex at Bhopal on Friday.

“That will be violative of human dignity. It is the duty of the state to see to it that dignity is not affected. Financial constraints is no ground... It is the constitutional obligation of the state to provide proper infrastructure to fulfil the promise in the Preamble of the Constitution,” he said in presence of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“The state is obliged to constantly maintain the sacrosanct right to dignity. The motto has to be that a litigant brings his cause and raises it through a lawyer to be adjudicated by a judge in an atmosphere of dignity,” Justice Misra said. He said infrastructure to trial courts, which have inadequate judge strength, did not mean providing court rooms only. Court complexes alone would not solve the problem faced by the subordinate judiciary, he said, adding, “These premises must be armed with advanced technology.”

“Given the increasing workload of the courts, technology has become a significant asset and boon for the judiciary... Without comprehensive range of information technology and communication tools, we cannot expect a state-of-theart judicial infrastructure, which will advance the paradigm concept of rule of law,” the CJI said.

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