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Law Ministry to suggest HCs to function on holidays

Last Updated: Monday, July 5, 2010 - 00:03

Chennai: The Law Ministry would suggest all
high courts to function on holidays, particularly to address
family disputes, as those professionals approaching the courts
would be busy on weekdays, Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily
said here today.

"The Holiday Court is an idea mooted by the Chief Justice
of Madras High Court (Iqbal) since those professionals
approaching the courts are busy on weekdays," Moily told
reporters after holding the regional conference for judges of
the four southern states here.

"I think we are going to suggest to all the high courts
to adopt this kind of a process," he said.

He said matters relating to family courts were discussed
at the meeting and the Law Ministry was taking various methods
to address these issues as a large number cases were pending
in family courts.

Stating that the 13th Finance Commission has granted Rs
5,000 crore for development of infrastructure and for want
of trained manpower, he said instead of creating new
infrastructure, utilising the existing one may yield better

"Of course we have judicial academies at national and
state levels. Instead of creating new infrastructure, we may
use infrastructure like the police academies to train public
prosecutors and advocates," he said.

Moily said the Legal Education as of today was not in a
position to meet new challenges like the Cyber Law.

He said out of the Rs 5,000 crore granted by the
Commission, Rs 932 crore was allotted to four Southern States
and Rs 93 crore was given as first installment.

On the implementation of e-Courts, Moily said Kerala and
Tamil Nadu were in advance-stage on computerisation.

"With the implementation of e-Courts, we may end up with
paperless courts," he said.

Reacting to the vacancies available in High Courts and
sub-courts, he said if all the judicial posts were filled up,
30 per cent of problem would be over with regard to the
disposal of the cases.

Moily also suggested the idea of fast processing of cases
and added that the last man in the queue also gets justice.

"The cases should not be prolonged and our ultimate idea
is from four years, any litigation need to be reduced to less
than three years and that is our objective...We are working on
that," he said.

Currently there were about four crore cases pending in
courts, he said, adding, 2.7 crore cases were pending in
sub-courts, 40 lakh in High Courts and 50,000 in Supreme


First Published: Monday, July 5, 2010 - 00:03
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