Govt says, Rural court model could be extended to serious offences

February 2nd, 2009 - 11:20 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb.2 (ANI): Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj on Monday indicated that the Government may consider a new tier in the judicial system for dealing with serious offences, depending upon the success of proposed Gram Nyayalayas or Rural mobile courts for land and family disputes.
Speaking after inaugurating a Conference of State Law Secretaries and Registrar Generals of HC on setting up of rural courts, Union Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj, said: “Gram Nyayalayas will help improve quality of justice for people and reduce the burden of litigation. If they succeed, we have to see if a new tier (of courts) for serious offences can be created.”
Bhardwaj said the move to create rural mobile courts was “an idea for change in the system” aimed at augmentation of judicial system’’s strength. The Law Minister said if law secretaries in states want to bring about reform, they can. “If there is sincerity of desire, we can have good results.”
Moreover, the Law Minister also clarified that while setting up the 3,000 mobile courts, the rights of tribals, who have their own traditional legal system and laws, shall be respected.
“Where ever tribals have got their “traditional system,” their rights will be respected and Gram Nyayalayas will not be thrust upon them,” Bharadwaj stated.
The Parliament recently passed a Bill for setting up Gram Nyayalayas which shall have jurisdiction over cases involving land and water disputes, family disputes and compoundable offences.
The courts, headed by first class magistrates, shall have the power to give a maximum punishment of up to one year. (ANI)

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