In 1990, one Bench Clerk said to me, " He who comes to Courts for justice is a grand fool".
A couple of years earlier, a Court clerk said, " If one has money in one's pocket, why does one go to jail?"
An Advocate of the Supreme Court said, " Will the Judge hear you?"
A Clerk of the Supreme Court said, " Ninety nine per cent of the cases filed by partie-in-person are dismissed."
A High Court thinks that discretion should be given to Courts to allow parties-in-person, an idea that violates law.
I was going to Supreme Court. In the train, a person of Chittoor district ( A. P. ) said, " Don't your villagers feel that you're a fool?"
I prosecuted a woman and a man and got them convicted. The magistrate couldn't but convict them. The punishment visited was standing in the Court till its rising. About two hours only. I used to stand in Courts for more than two hours because there were no chairs to sit in or benches to sit on. Their offence attracts life or 10 years. What's more, the sentence awarded was exclusively for offences tried summarily. The High refused to interfere. The Supreme Court refused to grant even special leave. I, while addressing my Oral Argumentsin the Supreme Court, roared, " Non maintainability is the most serious flaw in law; it can't be allowed to stand once it's brought to the notice of a Court."
A magistrate returned my plaint with no option given to me for resubmission. I went in for Appeal. The Appeal was returned with no option for resubmission. I went in for Second Appeal. It was returned with a remark: File all relevant papers. All the returns are not lawful. It's their duty to specify what documents in their mind were. I abandoned my pursuit.
Many judges and magistrates write, " How this's maintainable?" A non-specific observation.
Many judges and magistrates write, " Previous instructions not complied with." Non specific. What's worse, though there're compliances. Again they write, " Previous instructions not complied with properly." All these observations are, I think, made without studying a single line.
That said, justice is done in the world better than ever before. And Indian Judiciary is far better than that of Japan or the USA.