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Law Minister On Stage, Chief Justice Raises Concern Over Judiciary Infra

Law Minister On Stage, Chief Justice Raises Concern Over Judiciary Infra

Chief Justice NV Ramana and Kiren Rijiju attending an event at Bombay High Court.

New Delhi:

Chief Justice NV Ramana raised several concerns over judicial infrastructure today as he shared the stage with Law Minister Kiren Rijiju. He also urged the Law Minister to make sure the proposal to set up the National Judicial Infrastructure Authority is taken up in the winter session of parliament.

"Judicial infrastructure for courts in India has always been an afterthought. It is because of this mindset that courts in India still operate from dilapidated structures, making it difficult for courts to perform effectively," the Chief Justice said at an event today. 

Only 5 per cent of court complexes have basic medical aid, and 26 per cent of the courts "don't have a sperate restroom for women," he pointed out. 

On the key proposal linked to the judicial infrastructure, he said, "I have sent the proposal to the Union Law Minister. I am hoping for a positive response soon and that the Union Law Minister will expedite the process."

The event in Aurangabad was attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray too.

"The infrastructure of courts is important for improving access to justice and to meet the growing demands of the public. It's baffling to note that the improvement and maintenance of judicial infrastructure is still being carried out in an ad-hoc and unplanned manner," Chief Justice Ramana said at the event.