- A few years back was less than 4 million. cases pending
- “Supreme Court decision referenced in UK”
- “On average, a judge hears 40 to 50 cases every day”
pending cases in court: Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday that about 5 crore cases are pending in the country’s courts and if nothing is done in this regard, the number will increase further. Speaking at the first convocation of Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) in Aurangabad, the minister also expressed concern that ordinary people are not getting services from lawyers at affordable prices.
The quality of the Indian judiciary is famous all over the world
He said: “The quality of the Indian judiciary is famous all over the world. Two days ago I was in London where I met people affiliated with the judiciary. They all have similar views and great respect for the Indian judiciary. The Supreme Court of India The decision is often referred to in the United Kingdom. ”
Expressing concern over the pending cases in the country, Rijiju said: “When I took over as Minister of Law, there were a little less than 4 crore cases pending. Today it is close to 5 crores. It is a matter of great concern to us all. Is . ” The law minister said this situation has not come about due to lack of justice or lack of support from the government but if some concrete steps are not taken, the pending cases will necessarily increase.
“People make personal comments to judges”
Rijiju added: “A judge in the UK makes judgments in a maximum of 3 to 4 cases in a day. But on average, a judge in Indian courts hears 40 to 50 cases a day. Now I realize they sit longer. People expect quality judgment. Judges are also human beings. “
Referring to the comments about judges in the media, the minister said: “Sometimes I see comments about judges in social media and print media. If you look at how much work a judge has to do. If that is the case, it is unthinkable for everyone. “In the age of social media, everyone has their own opinion without going into depth with the issue. People jump to conclusions and make personal comments to judges.”
It is difficult for the poor to take the service of a good lawyer.
Rijiju also expressed concern about the fees charged by lawyers. He said poor people have a hard time getting help from a good lawyer and that this should not be a reason to deny justice to anyone. Rijiju said: “I know many lawyers in Delhi who are out of the reach of the common man. Just because one has better access to the system, his fees should not be high. There should be equal opportunities for all.” The minister said an arbitration bill would be passed with some amendments in Parliament’s forthcoming monsoon session and it would provide more opportunities for new lawyers.