New Delhi: Law Minister M Veerappa Moily
on Friday said all requisite measures, including appointment of
retired judges and senior members of the bar, would be
undertaken to reduce the pendency of cases.
The government is committed to take steps for tackling
the problem of growing pendency in courts, Moily said in a
seminar on `Vision Statement of Law Minister to eliminate the
backlog of cases`.
He said retired judicial officers and senior members of
the local bar would be appointed in equal proportion for a
period of one year to clear the backlog of cases.
The local bar association would be duly consulted in
appointment and selection process of such judges, Moily said.
As per the vision statement adopted in November, 2009,
it has been decided that no criminal case should be pending.
It also mooted that all criminal trials should be
concluded within six months, for which 5,000 additional courts
would be constituted across the country.
These courts would be manned primarily by lawyers who will
be appointed as judicial officers on one-year contract basis.
By June 2010, such courts would be constituted in 21
districts as pilot projects as Finance Ministry has allocated
a sum of Rs 5,000 crore for the purpose, senior advocate K T S
Delhi would be covered in the project, he informed.
As per official figures, the subordinate judiciary across
the country had a backlog of 26.4 million cases till July
2009, while the high courts have an arrear of 3.8 million
cases. The Supreme Court had crossed the mark of 50,000
pending cases June last year.
Besides, the Minister, acting Chief Justice of Delhi High
Court Madan B Lokur, other Judges, more than 80 judicial
officers and members of Shahdara Bar Association were present
in the function organised by Criminal Justice Society of India
at Karkardooma Courts Complex here.