Getting justice a Herculean task for common man: Singhvi
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 02, 2011, 21:39
  
Jodhpur: Criticising the "inordinate delay and exorbitant cost" of getting Justice, Supreme Court Judge G S Singhvi on Saturday said that judiciary has to go to the common man and villagers to restore the faith in the system.

While admitting that this common man is normally averse to approach courts, he said it is unfortunate that our system is miserably plagued by an inordinate delay and exorbitant cost.

Singhvi was addressing judicial fraternity here as a chief guest of the inaugural session of two days' national seminar on "Access to Justice for the Socially and Economically Disadvantaged".

Citing the lack of knowledge in common man in accessing the judicial system, Singhvi called upon the lawyers that they should go to the common man specially the villagers atleast once in a month and make them aware of their legal rights for the redressal of their grievances.

He said that it is a time that we think of justice minus courts and chalk out a system beyond the courts in order to give justice to the common and disadvantaged lot.

"It is irony that justice comes first in any civilised society but here even after 6 decades of the independence, we are still struggling with the idea of social justice," he said.

Talking about the alternatives, he said that the concept of "Gram Nyayalaya" is a good step towards that direction and recommended that in order to keep the faith of the villagers in judicial system, the word "nyayalaya" should be eliminated as common man is normally horrified when it comes to going to the courts.

His views were endorsed by many other eminent speakers, which included the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court Arun Kumar Mishra, President of the Confederation of Indian Bar Pravin H Parekh and Chairman of the Rajasthan Bar Council N S Choudhary, who said that cheap and easy justice is still a riddle in India, which amounts to the failure of the Indian judicial system.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, April 02, 2011, 21:39


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