cji: On hold due to unclear laws, executive failure: CJI | India News


NEW DELHI: Blaming the legislature and executive, besides the low number of judges, for the huge 4.8 crore backlog of cases before the courts, CJI NV Ramana said on Saturday that if the laws were passed with clarity of ‘mind and “people’s welfare in mind”, litigation will be minimized.
“Deliberate inaction by governments, despite judicial pronouncements, is not good for the health of democracy,” he said, adding that the executive “also voluntarily shifts the burden of decision-making to the courts”, even if policy-making does not. fall within the judiciary.
Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday that the Center would help states establish a judicial infrastructure development authority, as proposed by CJI NV Ramana and agreed by CMs and CH chief justices. The State Judicial Infrastructure Development Authority (SJIDA) would be established with the CMs and CJs of the high courts as members.
Addressing a joint press conference with Rijiju, CJI Ramana said the CMs and CJs had, in principle, agreed that there was an urgent need to improve judicial infrastructure across the country. “There was unanimity to set up a special purpose vehicle for the establishment of a state-level judicial infrastructure development authority,” Justice Ramana said.
Rijiju said the government is ready to help states establish a judicial infrastructure authority. The CJI proposal provided for the establishment of a National Judicial Infrastructure Development Authority under the supervision of the Supreme Court. However, after concerns were raised by some CMs, it was agreed to proceed at the state level.
The CJI dodged a question regarding the delay in finalizing the memorandum of procedure (MoP) for the appointment of judges to the HCs and SCs. The MoP has been on hold for more than six years, ever since a Constitution bench struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act.
Justice Ramana said most CMs and participating judges expressed concern about the delay in appointing judges, while Chief Justices raised issues of poor wireless connectivity in court complexes. He said the reforms are a continuous process and cannot be done in one day as there are several setbacks.
Rijiju said the government wants to implement the local language policy in the courts, but it will take time to implement. He found support from the CJI who, however, said that “sometimes some of the judges do not know the local language. The chief judge will always be from the outside. Most of the more experienced judges are sometimes also from the ‘outside”. The Minister of Justice said that the government is committed to promoting regional languages ​​in technical and legal fields and that consultations with stakeholders will take place. “The use of other languages ​​will require the approval of the CJI. That’s why it needs wider consultation,” Rijiju said.

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