Judges deliberate how to battle backlog of casesApril 17th, 2008 - 4:57 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Supreme Court judges and chief justices of high courts Thursday launched deliberations to address a variety of issues including how to overcome the huge backlog of cases in various courts. Inaugurated by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, the two-day conference is chaired by the apex court’s two senior most judges, Justice B.N. Agrawal and Justice Ashok Bhan.
The conference is being attended by almost all apex court judges, besides the chief justices of various high courts across the country.
The meet will discuss how to reduce the huge backlog of over 25.33 million cases in trial courts and 3.7 million cases in the high courts.
According to official statistics, a total of 24,130 corruption cases are pending in various courts all over India.
The two-day meet will be followed by a conference of chief ministers and high courts’ chief justices at Vigyan Bhawan Saturday.
The Saturday gathering is to be addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chief Justice Balakrishnan and Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj.
The Second Administrative Reform Commission has called for a law to fix time limits for various stages of trial to ensure their completion in a time bound manner.
The judges will also discuss upgrading court buildings and infrastructure, financial autonomy to high courts, enhancement of budgetary allocation to the judiciary and review the proposal to set up evening courts.
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