Nearly 20% judges have no place to sit, 42% courts lack toilets: CJI

Aurangabad (Maharashtra), Oct 23 (IANS): Highlighting major concerns over judicial infrastructure in the country, Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana on Saturday made some shocking revelations, including how almost 20 per cent of the judicial officers in the country don't even have proper courtrooms to sit.

Of the total sanctioned strength of 24,280 judicial officers in India, there are only 20,143 court halls, including 620 rented premises, and 26 per cent of the court premises have no separate toilets for women and 16 per cent do not even toilets, while only 54 per cent courts have purified drinking water facility.

In the computer-era, only 27 per cent of the courtrooms have computers on the judges' dais with video-conferencing facility, only 51 per cent courts have a library, 32 per cent have a separate record room and only 5 per cent have basic medical facilities, the CJI revealed.

"Good judicial infrastructure for courts in India has always been an afterthought. It is because of this mindset that courts in Indian still operate from dilapidated structures making it difficult to effectively perform their function," he said.

Inaugurating the Bombay High Court Aurangabad Bench's Annex Building's B and C Wings along with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and other dignitaries, CJI Ramana said good judicial infrastructure is important to improve access to justice and meet the rising demands of the people who are more aware of their rights and developing economically, socially and culturally.

Citing a global research of 2018, he said that "failure to deliver timely justice can cost the country as much as 9 per cent of the annual GDP" and without adequate infrastructure for courts, "we cannot aspire to fill this gap".

In his address, Thackeray said he would soon allot land for the extension of the Bombay High Court and invited the CJI to come and perform the ground-breaking ceremony for it.

Stating that delivering justice is not the responsibility of the courts along but all of us, he said the world's largest democracy has been nurtured by the executive, judiciary, legislature, and the media.

"There are pressures on it but if these columns weaken, they will collapse and it will be difficult to make them stand againa I feel the only solution is what I can do as the government to ensure speedy justice," Thackeray pointed out.

With the Law Minister also on the dais, CJI Ramana urged him to ensure a proposal to set up the National Judicial Infrastructure Authority is taken up in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament.

"I have sent the proposal. I am hoping for a positive response soon and the Union Law Minister will expedite the process," he said.

Responding in his speech, Rijiju said that there is "no politics" when it comes to the judiciary, and "we are just different organs of the system but we are a team".



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  • Arthur, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 24 2021

    The Indian state's priorities are building temples and cow shelters. Law, order and justice are low priorities for the duo fixated on amassing power.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Sat, Oct 23 2021

    Modi's Swatch Bharat 10 crore waterless toilets don't cover courts. Open defecation to continue for the time being...

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  • anthony, mangalore

    Sat, Oct 23 2021

    Gross neglect by the Govt of the Judicial system. No doubt so many adjournments take place in all the cases. The BJP has been using the Judicial system to target opponents by filing cases knowing fully well the limitations of the Judiciary and burdening the overloaded Judiciary.

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    Sat, Oct 23 2021

    well, look at the salary disparity between private employees & Govt employees..every year Govt employees get pay hike, they get arrears in lacs..but look at the office which they work, look at the building..why wait for Govt , if they contribute just 10% of one month salary they can beautify their much judges earn how much they get other means.. do public believe only politcians, police is corrupt!!..ts not secret..if a local court judge request a local private contractor in his locality he will bulit a toilet for free..and Ramanna end the end of his career elevated to SC now says no toilet..

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  • syed, karkala

    Sat, Oct 23 2021

    and you want to remove corruption...seriously...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Sat, Oct 23 2021

    Who is responsible for this Nonsense ...

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