New Delhi: Faced with a staggering 2.5
crore pending cases in courts, government on Thursday approved a
proposal to fast track disposal of cases to reduce the period
of pendency from the present upto 15 years to three.
The Union Cabinet gave its approval to the Law
Ministry`s proposal for operationalising the National Mission
for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms under which the Centre
will bear an estimated expenditure of Rs 5,510 crore over five
years till 2016.
The mission`s objective is to increase access to
justice by reducing delays and arrears and enhanced
accountability through structural changes and by setting
Its broad areas are policy and legislative changes,
re-engineering of procedures, human resource development,
leveraging ICT and improve physical infrastructure of
As part of the proposal, the Ministry plans to share
75 per cent of the grants involved in developing the
infrastructure in states to bring down spiralling number of
cases, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni
told reporters here.
For the Northeast region, the Centre will bear 90 per
cent of the expenses. So far, the Centre used to share 50 per
cent of the grants.
Under the proposal, a mission directorate will be set
up to oversee the implementation of the national mission.
It was envisaged in the `vision statement` adopted by
the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Ministers in
The statement contained a road map for improving
justice delivery and legal reforms and steps to reduce
pendency in courts from 15 to three years by 2012. The
deadline has been extended to 2016.