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Raj Kumar Makkad (Adv P & H High Court Chandigarh)     23 April 2012

Justice delayed is justice denied

Criticising the delay in delivering justice, Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari Saturday said the poor people suffered the most due to delayed justice.


“It is usually the individual citizen and the poor and marginalised among them, who bear the burnt of inadequate or non-existent Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanisms and extended judicial processes,” said Ansari while addressing a function to celebrate 150 years of the Calcutta High Court.


Ansari questioned whether legal knowledge is increasingly being deployed for the rich.


He said that the excessive adjournments were a primary cause for delay in justice delivery.


He pointed out that other reasons such as shortage of resources and capacity, long-winded arguments by counsels, and inadequate strength of judges.


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JANAK RAJ VATSA (ADVOCATE)     24 April 2012

dear raj kumar ji,  there could be no better saying than 'justice delayed is justice denied'". as an enlightened citizens of the country, one feels sad on such sordid affairs. while the rich can afford the delay , same is not true with the common man. the latest announcement of doing away with the fast track courts across the country is going to add to the misery. one cannot blame a single party associated with the justice delivery system,  i.e. govt, judges , lawyers or public, but the cumulative effect of everyone's adverse contribution brings about  rather negative results  on the justice delivery system. unless and otherwise , all of us think out of the box, nothing substantial is likely to come out.


delayed judgement is allowing the wrong doers to trouble the right people and also making a route for the guilty to escape for a long duration


I think we should study the justice system in other countries and take good things to improve our system.

In our system, for any case in lower court, it takes only 4 dates in a year, 1 date the advocate does not come, in another date judge does not come, and remaining two dates, the 2 minute talk / discussion by judge and give the next date.

There is no accountability.  This is used by different people associated to this profession, to use it as business, at the cost of victim suffocating.

There is no accountability on advocates also, the case filed is correct as per their study and knowledge be taken from advocates, to bring some standard and reduce the false cases.

Timeline for both the parties should be fixded to submit the evidences / defence, to start the argument within 6 months time.

To increase the time of court, from morning 9 to evening 9, so that more courts can work in shift.

More judges can be hired, new courts can be set up.  i think, somehow, the desire is lacking to improve the system, at the cost of victim suffering and not getting justice.  Which is fundamental right.

I think, equal justice, should be removed from fundamental right as per constitution, as we are not in position to comply it, and just making fun of it.


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