CJI Raman: Chief Justice of India (CJI) N. V. Raman on Saturday said that for a healthy democracy it is necessary that people feel that their rights and dignity have been recognized and protected. He also emphasized that denial of justice would eventually lead to anarchy.
Addressing a function in Srinagar, the CJI urged lawyers and judges to create a conducive environment for litigants, who are often “under tremendous psychological pressure”. He lamented that the justice delivery system in India is very ‘complicated and costly’ and the country lags far behind in making courts inclusive and accessible.
“For a healthy democracy to function, it is imperative that people feel that their rights and dignity are protected and recognized. Prompt settlement of disputes is the hallmark of a healthy democracy.
“The denial of justice will eventually lead to anarchy. Soon the judiciary will become unstable as people will look for additional judicial machinery.” He said, “Peace will prevail only when the dignity and rights of the people are recognized and protected.”
Justice Ramana said that courts in India have a constitutional duty to adjudicate rights and uphold the aspirations of the Constitution. “One of the biggest challenges to the rule of law and protection of human rights is the inability of the formal justice system to provide speedy and affordable justice to all,” he said. The justice delivery system in India is very complex and costly.
He said, “Technology is playing the role of a powerful assistant to the judiciary. Now, virtual courts are bridging the access gap by reducing time, cost and distance. But in a country like India, where a vast digital divide still exists, much more needs to be done to tap the full potential of technological innovations.
The CJI said, “Solving infrastructure problems is very close to my heart. I have consistently emphasized the need for infrastructure development and modernisation. Sadly, after independence, the judicial infrastructure has not been changed to meet the growing needs of modern India.
“We are far behind in making our courts inclusive and accessible. If we do not pay immediate attention to this, then the constitutional ideal of access to justice will fail.” He said that district courts are the foundation of the judiciary. “The whole system can flourish only when the foundation is strong. As I mentioned earlier, the state of judicial infrastructure across the country is not satisfactory. The courts are running from rented buildings and in pathetic conditions.
The Chief Justice began his more than 20-minute speech with this famous poem by poet Ali Jawad Zaidi-
“After a long time, whoever I have come in this plaintiff,
A new beauty, a new color appears.
The CJI said, “I have had the privilege of visiting this paradise many times, but each time I am amazed by its beauty and moved by its hospitality. It is a land that experiences four seasons.
The CJI said, “Another aspect which I keep highlighting is the need to fill up the vacancies. 22 percent of the posts in the district judiciary are still lying vacant. Steps should be taken immediately to fill these posts.” He said, “Appropriate steps also need to be taken to provide security and accommodation for all the judges.” Chief Justice Raman said that justice is a reality. Judges and lawyers must take an oath to work hard to convert